Blog 22: Attitudes and reactions to public speaking

I have mixed feelings about public speaking. When I was younger, I had expressive speech delay. I mainly pointed and only uttered a few words. I had to have speech therapy at Kendall Speech & Language Center and at my elementary school.

I appreciate the value of public speaking and enjoy presentations from others whether they are formal lectures or more informal offerings such as late night show monologues. I am told that my grandfather had to give lectures even though he suffered from glossophobia. According to some experts, public speaking is said to be the largest phobia, surpassing flying, financial ruin, sickness, as well as death. I think I am improving and overcoming my fear since I had to give a presentation as part of a group about a month ago.

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