Hi Phoenixia and duncan,
I hope to become a better communicator within a year. Like probably most of us here, for much of my life public speaking would have been a complete nightmare. You know what I'm talking about. Not just the usual panic that everyone feels, but the anticipatory anxiety and dread and depression that comes months before a presentation and the endless embarrassment felt afterwards, all thanks to social anxiety. Well, now I don't have all that crazy pain surrounding public speaking. And I've done it enough, I've been a teacher and all that. But, still presenting, communicating - not just public speaking - is a skill that everyone can get better at. So, I have that as a goal to work on this year. I see it as more exciting than dreadful now.
As for singing - you can do it! In time, baby steps. Sing at home. Karaoke at home maybe. Then karoake at home with a friend maybe. Or go to a karaoke (starting with a small room) with a friend, then a group of friends, then maybe keep working up. I'm not a singer. I wish I had a voice, but singing is certainly fun and healthy for us all. I watch the local group members here do karaoke and I'm amazed. They all do such a great job just by doing it, not to be judged on voice. Just the fact that they get up there and have fun!