I have always felt confident talking to any one and in my earlier years was always the centre of attention and even played the leading roles in quite a few plays. I am now 42 and feel completly the opposite when I am expected to speak to more than a handfull of people. I have a high paying Job and run a company with over 50 employees. I feel relaxed and personel talking to all my staff but the second I have to do any presentation to my Employers or peers I turn into an emotional wreck with a very tight throat, quivering lips and sweaty hands. It has got to the point I am worried about my carere. I am probably going to win a prestigious company award soon and the thought of me doing an exceptence speach is enough for me to pretend I'm not well on the night so I don't have to attend.