On public speaking, one of the worst human fears:
There are certifiably good reasons to fear public speaking, but Scott Berkun, author and professional speaker, points out that at least, “we can’t say that public speaking is scarier than death.” That’s why it’s curious that public speaking is often listed with some of the worst human fears — along with sickness, death, elevators, heights, and snakes. But the truth is: No one has ever died (directly anyway) from giving a talk. In Berkun’s latest feat, a book titled Confessions of a Public Speaker, he untangles this fear for anyone who expects audiences to listen.
It’s one of the most important things we do, communicating our ideas to others, and it’s so rarely done well. Head over to see what Scott has to say in an interview published today on A List Apart, but then don’t miss the entire book. It should be a required gift for all conference-organizers to their speakers. (Big thanks to Scott.)