I started practicing my speaking skills even more. Practicing for a talk meant hours of repetition, mind-battles dealing with and accepting my stutter, as well as crafting talks into deliverable stories. Delivering each talk meant risking failure, feeling embarrassed, being judged and having your confidence repeatedly smashed. It also meant listening to other people criticise me, point out my flaws, and then accepting that criticism and using it to improve myself. I had to put myself into a position of vulnerability each time and be comfortable with exposing myself completely.