In a survey about what scares people, death came third. Ahead of it was public speaking.
Some people are naturally great public speakers and story tellers. Other people have learnt how to be great speakers who have people hanging from their every word.
To be listened to, what matters is:
- What you say - is it important, relevant and interesting
- How you say it
Get both right and time flies.
Get one wrong and your speech goes on for an eternity.
Even if you're not a natural extrovert who loves to be the centre of attention, you can learn to be an effective public speaker.