Public speaking is a HUGE fear of mine. One I've had from elementary school days that has only slightly abated over the years. My earliest memory of standing in front of a group was in grade school, doing a book report. I began with "um" and tried to proceed from there. But my teacher would say, "Don't say UM." And I'd inevitably say it again and again, finally getting started after four or five 'ums.' Thankfully, we always seemed to have a table or a podium on which to still my hands. I realized this was a problem when I attended Space Camp a few years later. Oh yes, I did.
|I was TWELVE!|