You might be surprised but the fear of public speaking is one of the greatest causes of panic attacks. It’s almost ridiculous to think that basically some people would rather be in a coffin than reading a eulogy. For people who suffer fear of public speaking, the anticipation of the event can lead to panic attacks weeks or months before.
Such fear of public speaking may be as basic as a meeting with the office- not necessarily on a podium giving a speech. The fear of public speaking and panic attacks in this case is based on having an attack in the middle of the talk. The person imagines being stuck for words, and being forced to flee the office, much to the amazement of fellow workers.
There is a difference between having a fear of public speaking because of suffering panic attacks, and just a general shyness of speaking in public.
The question is how does someone tackle fear of public speaking?