Nothing sends shudders down my spine and puts me into a cold sweat faster than having to speak in front of a crowd. The bad news is that I have a big event coming up and there's no avoiding it. Trust me, I've tried. I'm the matron of honor in my best friend's wedding. Bowing out is not an option, she won't let me. She's already told me that if I don't show up, she will find me and it will not end well. I'm thinking her threats aren't idle. She means it. The bride said she is actually looking forward to my speech. Fool.