So, I'm pretty good at writing (how I love my transitional phrases ), but public speaking is my downfall ... my deep, deep downfall. I just had to give a speech at school today and, although I got compliments, they were from friends so that doesn't really count. I can't help going "uhh" or "um" and I am just horrible and can't sound "natural". Also, it's awful tempting to just read my speech quickly and escape the front stage from all the eyes staring at me So are you good at public speaking and speech-giving? How often do you have to do it? Is this really a skill that everyone should have?