I'm taking a mandatory speech class to transfer to uni and have to give a presentation soon. I have a HUGE fear of public speaking, and had previously dropped a class because the professor required all students to participate by putting them on the spot, and asking them questions and etc.
But if I want to transfer to uni then I need to complete this speech course!
I embarrass very easily, so my face might look beet red when i'm giving a speech. My heart also RACES and it feels like I could bursts into tears at any second. I'm also not very articulate and might end up using "uhh", "umm", and "like" for every other word. I'm just really scared of looking like a fool.
The teacher emphasized on eye contact and prolonged eye contact makes me incredibly nervous. Who am I supposed to look at? How long?! What if I look at a particular person for too long, wont they think i'm weird? I just already know that i'm going to be staring at the floor during my whole presentation.
How can I relieve my nerves? Is there something I can take? (srs)
Sorry for the long rant. Appreciate any help!