Public speaking gets to a lot of people. I use to have to do it routinely, not so much to give a speech, but as a project manager, to facilitate different planning sessions, run control meetings, etc. I was always fearful of messing up, saying “Um” all the time, being boring, not maintaining everyone’s attention and the list goes on and on. One day, someone said, “you are really good at what you do and how you can control the room”. I have since heard this from my staff and many others, but I still think I stink at it. I realized I was my harshest critic and if I could just get out of my head and be in the moment it was so much better (in my mind).
Glad to hear you took a forward step.