As my family gets ready to celebrate Passover, I am reminded that the fear of public speaking is as old as...well, Moses.
When God tries to convince Moses to speak to Pharoah and argue for the slaves to be freed, Moses responds, "Please, my Lord, I am not a man of words...for I am heavy of mouth and heavy of speech.
Does God respond by giving Moses a pep talk about his underated speaking abilities? Nope.
God says, "Who makes a mouth for man or who makes one dumb or deaf, or sighted or blind? Is it not I, God? So now, go! I shall be with your mouth and teach you what you should say."
What can the non-prophets among us learn from this interaction?
Sometimes it helps to see yourself as an emissary. Rather than worry whether the audience will like you, focus on delivering your message.