During a workshop, a client once cornered me and said, “Many years ago, I had a boss that thought I looked great in red. He told me that I should always wear red during presentations because it made the best impression. So I’ve always worn red. What do you think of that advice?”
Cue the “Twilight Zone” theme music.
“Hi. I’m Abe Lincoln. My first slide lays out a timeline for our nation. As you can see reading from left to right, it really all started four score and seven years ago. . . .”
By Joey Asher
I’m headed to Vermont in a couple of weeks to attend my 13-year-old cousin’s bat mitzvah, the traditional service marking a Jewish child’s passage into adulthood. A highlight of many bat/bar mitzvah services is the short blessing or speech from the parents.
Public speaking is the number one fear of the average person. It’s a statistic that’s repeated constantly. But the question remains: “Why?”
There are plenty of psychologists that will give you a theory. But here’s another thought. Could it be that we fear public speaking because it is an unnatural act for the human species? Put another way, if you look at the evidence, humans were not designed to stand in front of large groups and speak. As a result, most of us feel uncomfortable doing it.
“But after they settle in, you’ve still got to be funny because for an hour, just that fact that they get to see you live in a theater is going to wear off if you’re not doing well.”
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