“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
I like this quote because it relates to the act of starting your journey. For most people with some fear of public speaking, the biggest hurdle is just getting up in front of the crowd. If you can get yourself to go up and even talk to just 2 minutes, that’s the first step. The whole staircase, in this example, is the climb up to becoming unafraid of speaking.
So, to quote a famous ad, “Just Do It!” (-Nike)
“Pain is temporary; Quitting is forever”
– Lance Armstrong
I think this quote is appropriate to public speaking because it relays the message “your fear is temporary”. If you tell yourself “the fear will only last a little bit” and realize that if you don’t take the opportunities to speak, you are quitting on yourself, and that is forever.
So, the next time you have the opportunity to speak, don’t let the fear make you a quitter. Realize that you can overcome it and be able to speak well.
Until next time, don’t quit and speak well.
“To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.”
– Bertrand Russell
I like this quote because it reminds me that you are the only person that can overcome your fear. Continue reading
“When you work with the thing you fear the most, you take away it’s power”
– Natatie Davis (played by Jessica Collins on the TV show CSI
I know that quoting a TV show can be not as profound as a former first lady (Eleanor Roosevelt) or one of the all time great geniuses (Albert Einstein). However, I think this quote has a great truth in it.
“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity” – Albert Einstein
I know this is not necessarily a quote directly about public speaking fear. However, I like this quote because it reminds me that every problem has an opportunity for success. In this case, the difficulty is the fear of public speaking. The opportunity is the option to put aside the fear and make a difference by getting up to speak. Although you may not think it, any time you give a speech, presentation, or just talk to people, you have an opportunity to make a difference in their lives.
Keep that in mind the next time you have an opportunity to speak.
Until the next time, speak well!