Do a google search for “number one fear in america” and the title of the first item it brings up is “DEALING WITH THE FEAR OF SPEAKING.” I’ve spent the majority of my life hearing this idea repeated ad nauseam, and I’d like to do my part to help turn it into a myth.
Most Americans will be called upon to present in front of a group at some point in their lives, from something as simple as directing a staff meeting to something as complex as giving a five minute speech in front of over six hundred strangers with only 20 slides to back you up. The prevalence of this fear even plays out in the recurring jest and television trope of the nightmare where a character is standing in front of your class in only your underwear, overwhelmed by the magnificent terror of such public vulnerability. The reality is that being comfortable addressing a group will is an inevitability, and having the capability to do so effectively will inevitably prove useful.
I want to take five minutes to present some basic tips and mental tricks to allow anyone to step onstage and take the mic with enough confidence to make a lasting impression on their audience.
And to really drive the point home, for the first time in ten years, I’m going to give this presentation wearing underwear.
And nothing else.
Brandon L. Keene
My name is Brandon. I was born in Idaho. I went to school in Florida. I like to talk. I talk alot. I don’t do the “reader’s digest” version of a story. I love performance. I’ve done choir. I’ve done debate. I’ve won poetry slams. I’ve emceed bachelor auctions, wet underwear contests, and more parties than I can recall. I’ve dabbled in theater and interpretive dance. I’ve officiated weddings. In high school they called me The Reverend. In college they called me The Voice of Narrative Authority. I never really wanted to be famous. I just like a captive audience. At this point in my life I can admit that I don’t know much, but I do know a thing or two about public speaking.