Douglas Coupland on public speaking

 
 
I peeked through the door, saw a healthy-sized crowd and had one of those rare epiphanies: Well, Doug, those people out there just assume you’re going to do a good job, so just do a good job. It was that simple, but it is all I - or anyone else - need to know about public speaking, and it has been saving my bacon for twenty-five years. People generally want everyone to do well on a stage - they really do.
— Douglas Coupland, "Bit Rot"