I became much more comfortable with public speaking when I realized that the audience was rooting for me.
Think about it. Someone stands up to address a group. It may be professional conference or a Rotary Club or a high school graduation. The people in the audience take a deep breath and say to themselves, “I sure hope this speaker is decent. Funny. Interesting. Worth my time!” They want the presenter to be good, because the alternative is too painful. They dread the dull and nervous speaker. Continue reading