TGIF – Glossophobia

May 13, 2011 by Bill Bradley

As the week winds down, we wind down with some tidbits for your information, education, health, and enjoyment.

Quote of the Week: Jerry Seinfeld on the fear of public speaking: “In other words, at a funeral, the average person would rather be in the casket than giving the eulogy.”

Humor Break: Toastmasters has announced three new awards to be given to participants at their weekly meetings: “Most Natural Monotone”; “Longest Silence After an Ill Advised Joke” and “Best Non-Prescription Sleep Aid”

Stat of the Week: Glossophobia apparently remains the #1 fear around the world.  Necrophobia is #2.  In plain English, it means Jerry Seinfeld (above) is correct –  people who say “I would rather die than give a speech” are speaking the truth.

Action Tip: If fear of public speaking is on your agenda, Toastmasters International is the cure.  I know.  I went from “throwing-up” afraid to public speaker.  Google Toastmasters International for a chapter near you.  Some companies even have them at work locations. 

Volunteering: Many non-profit organizations are in need of volunteers to speak about their organizations to schools and public events.  Contact your favorite charity and see if they need representation.
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Bill Bradley (mostly) retired after 35 years in organizational consulting, training and management development. During those years he worked internally with seven organizations and trained and consulted externally with more than 90 large and small businesses, government agencies, hospitals and schools.

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  1. lots of truth in the humor…thanks.

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