As a Business Executive (non-coaching), I discovered there were many, many people out there from beginners to top executives who “FEAR PUBLIC SPEAKING. “ So almost two decades ago, I decided to become a Public Speaking Coach (on my free time being a few hours a day) to help Clients overcome this challenge and attain their professional goals.


The Book of Lists reproduced a survey ranking the “14 worst human fears”

1.     Speaking before a Group

2.     Heights

3.     Insects and Bugs

4.     Financial Problems

5.     Deep Water

6.     Sickness

7.     Death

8.     Flying

9.     Loneliness

10. Dogs

11. Driving in a Car

12. Darkness

13. Elevators

14. Escalators.

So as Jerry Seinfeld said, on the subject of Public Speaking; in essence based on the aforementioned list – (paraphrasing) “people that are anxious to get up in speak in public even at a funeral would rather be in the casket than giving the eulogy.”

The human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops until you stand up to speak in publicGeorge Jessel

As someone (apologies to the writer) said, “humans, we’re hardwired to worry about our reputation above almost all things. There are primitive parts of your brain that control your reaction to threats on your reputation, making these reactions extremely difficult to control.

We don’t want to be humiliated or embarrassed by what we say or how we say it. It is not funny at all but a terrible feeling that is professionally and personally debilitating.

“He concluded that his response to fear was an ancient reaction that has not been effected by nuances in modern civilization. This response is know as the “fight or flight” syndrome, a natural process that is designed to protect your body from harm.”

I want you to know that you must “fight” those fears – and guess what, there is a CURE!

There are people that can help you! I believe as a Coach (and many good ones out there), I am partnering with my client(s) in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.

Don’t procrastinate. As Mark Burnett said in his recent book, “Jump In.”

How do your Overcome Fear?

“Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it, that is the surest way ever yet discovered to conquer fear.”

Remember, “if you can’t, than you must; and if you must, than you can”

I hope this gives those out there some RELIEF knowing that you can not only un-hardwire what to worry and be anxious and nervous about; but you can learn and move forward to find “peace of mind” and not just sit on your job but excel on your professional platform and move up the ladder!

Best to all of you!


By Craig P. Stone

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