When I was in high-school I got my first opportunity to speak in front of a group: debating class. I hated it. I did well and our team did well, but it was like physical torture for me.
After school I accepted a job in sales — direct sales — and worked my way up through the ranks to a management role in recruiting. Unfortunately, this meant doing Read More
The fear of public speaking, for many, is more intense than any other fear. Just the idea of standing in front of a group of people to speak or give a presentation can bring the bravest person to a sudden case of nausea, shaking knees and the sweats.
How do I know?
I used to be terrified of public speaking. Phobic. 20 years ago I had to present an award to a close friend of mine; all told this would mean being on stage for about 3 to 4 minutes. For the weeks leading up to the event I had a hard time sleeping and I am sure I lost a few pounds because my stomach was permanently upset. I did the presentation, it went well, but I barely remember any of it because I had so much adrenaline ripping through my system.
And then one day, about 10 years ago, Read More