Need some advice/opinion.
After years of public speaking and having a great deal of success, I’ve had two panic attacks public speaking in the last year. I’ve taken advanced public speaking classes, won competitions,etc.
In July ‘05 at work, I had a panic attack public speaking. I had a tighteninig of my stomach, then my chest and had trouble breathing while presenting. Obviously, this was embarassing, and shocking to me. I had the same thing happen to me today at work. I tried to take in stride today, and not beat myself up. In between the July 05 episode and today’s gaffe, I’ve conducted many solid presentations.
The only similiarity between the two events is that I was under a lot of stress. Last year, I was leading a high stress project and this year, I’'m relatively new at work. We’re also moving into a new house, with 2 twin boys. I also think I was not as prepared as I should have been for each talk, not practicing.
Any thoughts? I’m at a loss about these attacks in task I normally enjoy. Thanks,