Supposedly, public speaking is a fear of the majority of people in the United States. These people would rather face death, flying, or spiders (No mention of death by flying spiders) than speak to groups. In THIS post Dean Dad asks
Have you found ways to help students learn the conventions of speech in the professional workplace?
Now, I’m an academic physician. Between lecturing, grand rounds, work rounds, and testifying in court, I’ve been grilled in front of many a hostile audience. Frankly, being pimped on work rounds was worse than any cross-examination, as there are no rules of procedure and no judge supervising to say “dial it back, Counselor”.
For me, I fall back on my experience with Mr. Atwell in Theater and Dr. Banks in Debate. In high school and college I worked on stage and behind it on several productions, and in high school I also competed in speech performances. One learns how.
I’ve also been lecturing now for over seven years. There are some subjects I can do without notes. Frankly, I do most of my lectures without notes and I don’t read the PowerPoint slides. There’s a rough outline on the screen, and I use those points as aides-memoires and flesh out the skeleton.