The standards space can feel daunting for many reasons: documents are long, processes can take months or years, there is a numbering scheme and acronym scheme, and many rules and procedures to follow. I am far from mastering any of these! Most of all, I’ve found the standards community very welcoming and open to mentorship (thank you to Paul Cotton who has patiently mentored me for over a year now!). It was important for me to understand the community that I worked with and served. I had good mentors who were passionate about standards development, so I eventually became passionate myself. Enthusiasm is contagious, as they say!
I would suggest diving in with some patience, time, and not being afraid to ask questions. Even if you don’t feel like an expert yet, some valuable contributions come from “simply” proof-reading and checking cross-references in documents.