Have you ever felt that queasy feeling in your stomach, the racing of your heart, those sweaty palms or your mouth drying out when you have to speak in public? If so, you’re not alone.
In fact, I’ve felt those same exact feelings and sensations in my body just 2 weeks ago when I had to stand up and introduce myself at an event in front of 120 people and I’ve been on stage either performing or presenting for pretty much all of my adult life.
Speaking is the biggest fear of most, yes, myself included. In fact, Jerry Seinfeld has a famous quote that says: “According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.”
Now, there’s been a debate whether speaking really THE #1 fear for most people or not, the jury is still out on that one but the truth is it’s at the top of most lists. And guess what, this is the part I really want you to hear me on. The most successful speakers and business owners, leaders or executives also find speaking scary and hard. But they do it anyway!
Truth is, speaking in front of people is a daunting task that requires both skill and courage, but despite its difficulty, successful leaders and individuals still take the stage and speak. Why is that? Well, that’s what we will discuss in the rest of this episode.
In today’s episode you’ll learn:
Why public speaking is so hard
Why successful people push through the fear and still do it!