It's the biggest fear for many and the single greatest asset for those who can command it.  Public speaking remains one of those rare skills that can significantly increase your value and worth.  On a personal level and for your business.

The ability to stand in front of a room full of people and take control of the audience in an engaging and compelling manner is an essential one to master in your career.  

Take every opportunity to practice and hone your skills.  And remember, even the best speakers find the experience challenging.  But they channel their fears into ensuring that they deliver their best to the audience.  There's little worse than a speaker who doesn't seem to care and an audience will be surprisingly sympathetic to someone who is clearly nervous but is trying their best.