Public speaking believe it or not!
I guess I was scared of all the normal things as a child but the first I really remember is when I was around 10 or 11 years old where it seemed to be normal for kids to read out passages of the bible in school assembly.
Although I had dyslexia it didn't stop me reading books, I remember reading Treasure Island around that time for instance, still by far one of the best books I've ever read although being similar age to the books hero Jim Hawkins at the time probably helped a great deal to make it so, but I certainly had no desire to read in public and from a book that I found hard to read from anyway with all the 'thee's' and thy's and strange words like Canaanites and Galileans and many, many more.
It seemed if I remember correctly that it was some form of badge of honour to read out in school assembly but I was petrified that I'd get chosen one day as (and I'm not wishing to blow my own trumpet or anything) I was one of the smartest kids in class by far and thus it seem inevitable to me I would be told one day it was my turn!
I can't remember now how I managed to avoid it - maybe the class teacher knew I wasn't wanting to do it or something but anyway it passed me by and all was well.
Funny to think looking back now that I've since done loads of public speaking, been a witness in courts, been interviewed live on radio, addressed a national company's AGM at the Queen Elizabeth Centre, across the road from Parliament in London, addressed foreign dignitary's in council 'twinning' events and a load of other stuff, since those days.
But at the time is was something I was really, really scared to do!