If you asked me what I came into
this world to do, I will tell you: I
came to live out loud.
Fear of public speaking consistently tops every list of human fears.
In an often-cited 1993 study done by the polling firm BruskinGoldring, 45 percent of those surveyed said they feared public speaking. Thirty percent said they feared death.
In a study of 3,000 Americans published in the Book of Lists (David Wallechinsky, Little, Brown, 1995), the number one fear cited by 41 percent of those studied was speaking to an audience.
And a similar study by A. Ronald Seifert of the Behavioral Institute of Atlanta indicated that “40 million Americans hate speaking so much, they'd do almost anything to avoid it, and perhaps as many as 40 million who speak all the time feel anxious and do not want to give a talk!”
If you are one of those millions who have been plagued all their lives by fear of public speaking … if you feel that fear has impeded your career and diminished your life … this book can help you.
The Seven Steps to Fearless Speaking explained in these pages are the culmination of more than 30 years of teaching the art of communication—at the New School for Social Research in New York City, at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, at Hunter and Brooklyn Colleges, in private sessions in my studio, and in corporate conference rooms all over America.