Our expert says:
Being nervous about speaking in public is a common problem, generally part of Social Anxiety Disorder. It responds, fortunately, very well indeed and usually relatively rapidly, to CBT ( Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ) and possibly some AD medications as wellm or betablockers which reduce the physical symptoms of such nervousness but not the psychological nervousness. You don't need someone specializing in speeches as such, but in social; anxiety disorder, which in your case obviously will focus on the speaking situation. I'm sure after relatively few 1-on-1 sessions you will enjoy the event in September, and will be looking out for other opportunities to speak.
Just as a thought, some people ( and some current TV ads ) suggest you simply imagine the audience sitting there in the nude. But I suspect the idea of confronting 5000 nudes at once could be rather frightening, too.
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