Don’t Hide (Tips for Public Speaking)

“The strategy of speaking to individuals is…a useful antidote to fear of public speaking. No one wants to be stared at by hundreds of unfriendly, judgmental eyes. However, almost everybody can talk to just one attentive person. So if you have to deliver a speech (another terrible phrase) then do that. Talk to the individuals in the audience-and don’t hide: not behind the podium, not with downcast eyes, not by speaking too quietly or mumbling, not by apologizing for your lack of brilliance or preparedness, not behind ideas that are not yours, and not behind clichés.

– Jordan B. Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

 

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