In the pantheon of life’s great fears, delivering a speech is right up there with heights, spiders and running out of battery on a Friday night.
Speaking in public is rarely anything less than an ordeal. For some people it’s a mildly unpleasant experience that has to be got through, like a driving test or the proverbial trip to the dentist. For others it’s quite simply a fate worse than death.
Most of us, at some point in our professional or personal lives, will be called upon to make a speech. Announcing sales targets for next year. Explaining new product features to the press. Pitching to a potential new client. Toasting the bride and groom.