So glad I found this place!
Hi, I'm from NY and have a great deal of difficulty in situations where I have to speak off the cuff. I am fine with public speaking when I have a prepared speech, but am terrified of the question and answer session afterward, or of any situation where I can't rehearse what I say beforehand.
I have a huge telephone phobia and will avoid speaking on the phone whenever possible. E-mail is a godsend. I would like to meet whoever invented e-mail and kiss his or her feet.
I know you have all read this sort of introduction hundreds of times before, so I will just say that I am glad to be here and will just shut up now and read what has been posted.