Our expert says:
I know how it feels, John ! Your job is as an accountant, and I guess public speaking was not part of the job description or requirements. If your boss and the company now expect you to include this among your work, I think they have a duty to provide you with proper training to enable you to feel comfortable in this new area of work, and to gain the relevant skills to do it well. Simpl dumping such new duties on someone without extra training is inherently unfair.
Is there an HR person or dept you could discuss this with ?
The Dale Carnegie courses Maria mentions can be very helpful, and have been running for decades with success.
I have no doubt at all that you will be able to do this sort of thing really well, but to need training and support is natural - if they suddenly decided you need to ride a unicycle or juggle as a new part of your job description, they'ed probably recognize that some further trainign would be wise.
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