There are so many people on this forum, someone's got to be able to help me! I'm getting my Master's degree and I want to apply for my PhD next year. This means lots of public speaking. Lots and lots, and I'm completely terrified of speaking in front of large groups. Picturing the audience naked, picturing someone in a chicken suit, practicing over and over again...none of that works. As soon as I get up there, I break out into a cold sweat and start shaking. My big problem is presenting the material. I basically write out what I want to say and read it word for word, which I know is really dull to listen to, but it's the only way I can speak in front of people without passing out. So if you're a teacher or lawyer or someone who speaks in front of a lot of people, how do you lecture and speak on your subject without making it dull? I feel like I'm speaking at my classmates rather than to them, if that makes any sense. So any advice?