We’ve all heard the statistic that people fear public speaking nearly as much as they fear death. That’s odd to me. I have no fear of public speaking. When I address an audience, I’m standing in my core competence. I like to tell stories, and funny stuff comes to me to say. I just can’t be stopped. OK, now take that same confident, competent woman and put her in the middle of a networking cocktail party, and it’s a whole ‘nother ball of wax.