Event Date: 25 September 2013
According to psychologists, most people have a greater fear of public speaking than of death. Fear of public speaking is the most common of all phobias. It is a form of performance anxiety in which a person becomes very concerned that he or she will look visibly anxious. Understandably, many people avoid public speaking.
Facilitated on 25 September 2013, Mr Ernest Chen, distinguished Toastmaster, and Certified Teacher of Entrepreneurship, shared why it was absolutely important to overcome the fear in public speaking in order to deliver a good presentation.
The seminar began with Ernest highlighting to the audience of more than 60 alumni and students the need to prepare both physically and mentally before a presentation. He also shared the different types of phobia that a person may have and how to overcome them. Many attendees were able to relate to these causes which provided them a better understanding and recognition of their own fear.
Throughout the session, the attendees learnt tips to overcome their fear in public speaking from the personal life experiences which Ernest shared with them. He also engaged the attendees by asking some of them to share their own experiences with the rest of the class.
The speaker ended the session by telling the attendees to bear in mind the ‘5Ps’.
“Proper Preparation Prevents Presentation Predicaments.”
Article by Sharon Low (Career & Alumni Services)