Speaking in meetings or to a large body of people is a very common fear. I still have this problem even though I have known everyone in my meetings for years. My main problem now is that I fear I might panic and I can't run away. One of my worst classes (but a great benefit) in college was public speaking. I was very nervous all the time. I have friends that take Xanax anytime they know they will have to speak in front of a lot of people. Like I said, it's a very common fear.