by Linda Rosenblum
Public speaking scares me more than almost anything in this world. Standing in front of a room filled with people staring at me with blank eyes while I stammer on about a random topic literally makes me want to crawl in a hole and never come out. I fear their deadpan expressions; I fear their equivocal silence. But most importantly, I fear their judgment. My anxiety lies in a panic that my listeners are having negative thoughts about me. However, I know that this fear is irrational and that public speaking is completely unavoidable. Additionally, I realize that having good verbal communication skills is absolutely essential to succeeding in the professional world. Therefore, I looked towards Robyn's teachings for advice in order to create a better presence for myself in front of an audience. By implementing these simple techniques, I find it much easier to speak in public settings.