What's In It For You?

This Year Why Not Resolve to Become A Great Presenter?

What's in it for you? According to a recent survey conducted by University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Business School, the ability to communicate is the single greatest factor contributing to one’s success in business and a critical skill for anyone in a position of leadership! Higher grades, better performance reviews, stronger sales results, bigger pay checks, exciting new opportunities, greater respect and admiration, even fame and fortune are but a few of the many rewards that accrue to those who can confidently, convincingly and compellingly present their ideas to others… especially to those who can do so to groups.

Public speaking is a must have skill both in business and in life. Unfortunately, most of us don't exactly look forward to the opportunity to stand in front of others and present and for some of us, the mere prospect is terrifying. A surprising number of studies have even gone as far as to rank the fear of public speaking as our #1 fear! If the prospect of having to speak in public makes your throat go dry, stomach churn, or knees goes weak, this book will help you leave your fears behind and become a great presenter - Guaranteed!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

What Are You Afraid Of?

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld once said “If given only two choices, the average person at a funeral would prefer to be the person laid out in the casket than the poor stiff who has to deliver the eulogy!”
While that may sound a bit over the top, a surprising number of studies on the subject actually do rank fear of public speaking as the #1 fear in North America. In these same studies, death is typically ranked 5th or 6th. Go Figure?

In any event, I thought I'd run my own little survey. If you have a minute, please indicate what you are most afraid of from the list of the top ten fears to the right. And if you have a minute more, please feel free to comment below.

Have a great day and may all your fears be unfounded!


Nothing strikes fear in most of us like
being called on to present


  1. Hi Jim

    This is a tough call for me as I'm not sure which I dread most, being asked to speak, or not being asked to speak.

    Congratulations on the book! I look forward to reading it.


  2. Congratulations on completing this book Jim. You are filling a much needed niche. It is indeed amazing how many people would rather "be the stiff".

    I had my own trepidations many moons ago when I took my first steps / spoke my first words in public. Yes, surprising I know, for a show-off like me. But what I will say to would-be orator is BUY JIM'S BOOK and take the plunge. You will not regret either.

    Again, congratulations and good luck to all who apply (themselves).


  3. Hey, Jim - Congratulations! This book will help the experienced and inexperienced public speakers alike! Love the 'tips and tricks' approach!