According to the Guinness Book of Lists, 54 percent of adults put the fear of public speaking ahead of the fear of death among life’s greatest fears. This applies to people participating in meetings and speaking up in front of their peers. In many cases, people are so shy and fearful that they sit quietly throughout the meeting, hoping not to be noticed.
Sometimes I start my presentations by telling my audience that the fear of public speaking is one of the most traumatic fears of all and that it often holds people back from achieving all that is possible for them. I tell them, “Let me demonstrate this fear and how it holds people back.”
I then say, “Later in this presentation, I am going to pick ...