I did a 'facing my fear' thing today. I presented at two workshops at our leadership forum conference thingy.
We did the same workshop for an hour for 30 people in the morning, same again mid afternoon. Luckily the post lunch grave yard spot was taken by a famous conductor ( that naturally enough I had never heard off) who was excellent, informative and very entertaining.
What I found helped on this occasion was loads of homework so we knew the subject inside out (Welfare Reform)but we didn't actually script or rehearse it. We even did a bit of role play.
I have been keeping my nerves at bay by just suppressing them with the expectation of a massive panic today. I believe the thorough homework but lack of scripting combo did the trick.
Now I have got this far I want to do more before my nerves have chance to fail me.