Re: I need help on what to do about my new found FEAR of Speaking
hey, that is so normal, and i shake when i'm at the center of attention too. practice can really help. practice in front of friends and family you're comfortable with, and maybe try reciting something when you're in a crowded place. or even just go out, and talk with a friend in a busy place like a store.
it'd help if you could pinpoint exactly what triggers your fear and then challenge it with thoughts in your head. if you're scared of people staring at you, think to yourself when you're up there, "well, everyone is just admiring how pretty/nice i look," or even say, "this is NOTHING, i can do anything." if you have a confident voice in your head, it'll make a lot of difference. not to get super corny on you, but just like dr. phil says (i'm sorry haha) "you believe what you tell yourself." if you tell yourself that doing a presentation is nothing, it'll be over in 5 minutes, no sweat, who cares, etc. it can take the edge off. tell yourself the things you'd tell someone else who was nervous in a similar situation.
and of course there's the classic; picture everyone naked. it's all mental, the fear is in your head- so fight it with positive mental thoughts.