Have you ever had to give a public talk or presentation? Maybe it was a formal occasion as part of your work, or it may have be been informal, like a toast for your best friend’s wedding. Either way, speaking in public can often reduce us to a pile of nerves.
We generally associate being nervous with novices. But did you know that even successful professional speakers still get nervous? They have just learned to manage their nerves.
It’s natural to feel nervous – it’s been ingrained in us from thousands of years of evolution where human beings needed to be accepted by their social groups in order to survive. If you were not accepted, often for being different in some way, you were cast out and left to defend for yourself. Inevitably that meant death.