Last night I did my first talk as a professional writer to a small group of people from a couple of wards in Albuquerque. I'm glad it was small, as it kept me from getting too nervous. I wasn't sure whether people would want a reading or a Q and A session, so I asked and we ended up with the latter. They asked questions for a full hour about the process of writing and building a career.
The most surprising thing for me was not knowing most of the audience. I rather expected that, starting out, most of these events I'd be giving to my friends and family, but of this group of about 9, I only knew two of them. So that was very cool.