I'm fairly new to public speaking. I remember when I was young I was so scared to speak in front of anyone. I would pray that my teacher wouldn't call on me to present my homework or anything else that involved opening my mouth.
My radio broadcasting training (1993) helped me to open up and not be so shy about talking in front of others. Even though I was behind a microphone in a studio, I felt more confident and less self-conscience. As I began working in TV news as a weather anchor, my self conciense thoughts of "why are people starring at me" and "do they think I'm weird", pretty much faded away.
Today, I enjoy public speaking on a variety of social justice and emotional topics including: forgiveness, the criminal justice system, independent filmmaking, sex offender issues, self motivation, second chances, the power of documentary films and more.