Many people are familiar with a famous study that reported that more people list “public speaking” as their number one fear than “death.” (This finding has been taken out of context, as it turns out. People are very afraid of dying and most people do actually get through a speech or two.)
Anyway, it is still true that lots and lots of people deeply dislike public speaking, and some forego career advancement and other opportunities in order to avoid having to speak in public.
This makes total sense. Standing up in front of people and talking makes most of us feel very vulnerable. We can feel judged, we worry that we’ll mess up, and we don’t want to fail. It’s a scary Everest of a task, and we don’t even know how to start out at basecamp and get acclimated before we’re gasping the thin air at the top.
How about you? How does public speaking make you feel? Do you love it, tolerate it, avoid it like the plague?
If you’d like a chance to bring the Everest down to a manageable size, and to enjoy the view at the top, check out our Public Speaking Catalyst. The incredible coach Neela Munoz leads it, and you can read about her here.
Dr. Bena Long, Ph.D, M.S.M., who participated in the last cohort of the Public Speaking Catalyst, says:
“Who I am is at the heart of my speaking: this program refined access to my voice and my stories with confidence. [This workshop] has also positively influenced the upgrading of my key presentations with enthusiasm and eagerness. Resulting in new satisfied clients! Neela showed great flexibility in adjusting content to our group needs, including providing prerecording on presenting online so as to maximize our time presenting and feedback for one another.“
Learn more about the Public Speaking Catalyst here!