I sat in the green room, 15 minutes before the start of the event, more nervous than I had been for a presentation in recent years. The occasion was the keynote address, which I was about to present before 1500 attendees at the 2018 annual meeting of the American Society for Virology.
I was nervous for two reasons. First, I was trying something completely different for the keynote, and I was not sure if it would be welcomed.
The other reason for my nerves was that my companion for the keynote had not yet arrived.