"According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that seem right? That means to the average person, if you have to go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy."--Jerry Seinfeld
While some may argue whether or not those "studies" Jerry Seinfeld mentions are scientific or not, most people would agree that speaking in public is often a terrifying experience. Public speaking may be an art to some, but with the right preparation, anyone can learn to improve their public speaking ability.
Public speaking is not restricted to just politicians, trial attorneys or college professors. Regardless of what career you may pursue, everyone at some point or other may be called upon to speak in public. For example: a successful chef, used to working mostly with food, may write a cookbook and find herself on a book tour speaking to readers. A firefighter may be asked to give a talk on fire safety to students. A computer programmer may be offered an opportunity to teach at a coding camp for young adolescents.
While the "oral tradition" of storytelling dates back to the most ancient cultures, there is a tremendous audience for public speakers today thanks to technology. One of the most popular YouTube channels is the TED Talks channel, where viewers can watch speakers giving talks on a variety of subjects ranging from technology and business to global issues and entertainment.
Many resources have been created over the years to help people become better public speakers. One well-known organization is Toastmasters International, a group that is dedicated to help people become better and more confident public speakers. Toastmasters boasts nearly half a million members in over 130 countries.
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