Public Speaking

In survey after survey for many years, the fear of public speaking comes out as the number one fear reported by people of all ages. Why do you think that this is true? What causes this fear of public speaking? Can you relate to this as a fear? What are some techniques that you have seen others use, or that you can find by researching (cite your sources), or that you have tried that helps to overcome this fear?

APA format. References must be academic journals/articles.