Off the cuff

31 03 2012

I had to do some public speaking today. Just a few words to say how thrilled I was about a new library at my children’s school. I had no warning, I thought I was there purely to cut a ribbon when I got handed a microphone to say a few words as well.

And I am thrilled to say it didn’t worry me.

Various surveys over the years have indicated that people are terrified of public speaking – it ranks higher than death in terms of fear.

But as with all of these things, practice and familiarity take the sting off it.

And now, having spoken at conferences, lectured at university, stood on stage in staff forums, and answered questions in council, I can honestly say that providing I know what I am talking about, it truly doesn’t worry me.