“According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy” – Jerry Seinfeld
Here’s a question for all those beginning their PhDs in the sciences. What’s the point in carrying out those great experiments and collecting all of that intriguing data if you can’t effectively communicate it to others in your field? Many people struggle with public speaking. There’s no magic trick to improve, it’s just like everything else, it takes regular practice.
Before my PhD, I did not enjoy public speaking, and would become increasingly anxious the week leading up to my presentations. Often losing sleep over it. However, after much practice, I now no longer suffer such anxiety, I thoroughly enjoy giving talks and seek out more public speaking opportunities.Continue Reading →