In college, I couldn't speak in class. Seriously. Presentations? Oh, I was fine with those. I just couldn't speak in class. Every time a professor asked a question that I knew the answer to, all I had to do was just think of raising my hand and my heart would pound faster and stronger and I would start to get warm all over. I got anxious at just the thought of speaking in class. WTFrick?
But the strange thing is that I used to perform almost every night for roughly three years in front of groups of up to 200+ people without any anxiety. I can speak on stage in front of hundreds of my peers and not even break a sweat. I've given class presentations and professional presentations, I've taught kids as young as 6 and adults twice my age without one single brain fart. But apparently, there are two places where I become a nervous wreck - 1) the classroom when answering a question, and 2) the courtroom when answering a question. And I wasn't even on trial!
Here is what my nerves looked like: