When I’m not spending my time inciting the ire of readers around the community, I have a relatively interesting day job in corporate America. Aside from the regular demands of the daily grind, the company is obsessive about the growth and development of its employees. For me personally, it means taking part in leadership forums, management seminars and tri-annual off-site meetings where I stand before my peers and present an original case study, which is graded on several criteria — speaking and communication skills being two of them.
Needless to say, standing before a group of people with nothing more than a series of prepared thoughts racing through one’s mind is something a lot of people avoid like the plague. According to Forbes magazine, speaking in public is among the top fears of adults and, “Tends to develop when we’re self-conscious adolescents,” according to Barbara Rothbaum of the Emory University School of Medicine.