Being Nervous. It happens. Ask the nervous presenter if they know what the point of getting up in front of the audience is. I initially focus on two things when teaching a seminar. Number One, your job is to pass on information. It doesn't matter what you look like, if you have a "funny" voice, or if your hands are sweaty. Nobody can really see your hands, and looks don't matter unless you are a fashion model. You are on company time, and if you can't get the message across, what use are you to the organization? Is that a harsh approach? You bet it is. But the reality is that we are all adults, getting paid to do a job. If you don't speak, the bosses can find someone who will. And when it comes time for a raise, promotion, or (*gulp!) a layoff, you want to be remembered as the guy/gal who Got It Done. Number Two, being scared is natural. It's part of what makes us human. But take a second to ask yourself a few questions. If I am giving a speech, a) Will the floor or ceiling collapse, thus killing or injuring me? If no, then it's not the physical environment that is scaring you. b) Will your co-workers yell and laugh at you? Is the boss going to order everyone to point and make fun of you? If no, then it's not the people that are scaring you. c) Are you stupid, unskilled, or just a run of the mill idiot? If you can answer no to these three questions, silly though they are, then start asking, what the hell is it that really makes me scared? As we are all different, I can't easily give a one size fits all solution to the problem of public speaking fear. There are other things that I address, but this is the way that I break the ice when faced with a group of worried strangers. Nor can I say with confidence that others will agree with me. This is all based on MY experience in speaking, and teaching people to speak. But I would hope that either the first part, fear of being fired is greater than fear of speaking, or the second part, a quick self assessment, may help you just a little. Please note, if you were brave enough to watch the new Star Wars movies, and didn't vomit when JarJar appeared on screen, then I KNOW that you are brave enough to conquer your fear of public speaking.