February 19, 2013
There are only two types of speakers in the world.*
People will do pretty much anything to avoid speaking in public. *Even Mark Twain, and he had a lot of really interesting things to say.
Facing that fear, though, will give you one of the greatest skills that a person can learn: the art and science of powerful personal communication. Did you know that this is Toastmasters Month? There are local clubs all across the Island who would welcome you and your reluctant participation.
It's been suggested that imagining your audience in their birthday suits helps with nerves, but I don't get that at all. How would feeling really awkward help you overcome an awkwardness problem?
My suggestion is just to know that you're speaking to a group of friends.
Because you are.