For years I believed that Speaking to a Group of people was the number one human fear – well ahead of fear of death. This belief has been confirmed by countless studies over the years listing public speaking at or near the top of the list of human fears… but the truth is that not many people are afraid of speaking in public.
I don’t know why it is, but no matter how carefully I brief a hotel on the room set-up I want for my seminars, workshops and training meetings, more often than not when I arrive, they have provided a standard hotel room set up. What I find even more alarming is the number of times that I attend a meeting either as a guest speaker or audience member to find that the meeting planner or speaker has not bothered to think beyond this standard room set-up which is often quite hostile to the audience.
This is the first of what will be a regular series of posts looking at great speakers and Great speeches that are freely available on the internet. I strongly recommend that if you want to improve your speaking you take the time to look at and analyse great speeches. So what makes a great speech. […]