Hi, I am 17 years old, and I get extremely nervous when getting told about doing a presentation in front of people. For example, when I was told I was going to do a short presentation in front of my class of around 15 people, I felt really really sick in my stomach and my heart was beating super fast. Of course, I managed to skip the presentation by telling my teacher that I felt like this, which was a huge relief.
Now, I was told by my brother that I could possibly have to do a presentation in front of 250 people when I am in University which will be around 2 1/2 years time. However, I am starting to get the sick feeling and my heart is starting to beat a little faster than usual (Even though I know it's 2 1/2 years away before I even do the presentation)
All of this started probably when I was around 14/15, I was in my class and the teacher asked me a question, and I got it wrong, then a kid behind me shouted to the class "Look at his face going bright red" and all the class turned and looked at me and some laughed (Including the teacher!) This has gotten so bad that even if I tell a small lie to somebody, for example: A teacher said to me "Are you chewing gum?" and I said "No." (when I was) and my face went bright red.
since then I have lost all confidence in myself and I cannot for the life of me do a presentation. Is there anyone I can speak to about this? and maybe get some sort of help?