Here are my tips for anyone who suffers stage fright when speaking in public. Take a deep breath. Walk slowly up to the lectern. Put your papers down, if you have any. Pause. Look at the audience. Don’t say a word. Let yourself feel that energy coming from them. Settle your own energy field. Then begin to speak. Better to have a few seconds of silence than a painful start to your presentation that you, and your audience, will never forget.