What Can You Do When You Are Terrified of Public Speaking?

I’ll never really understand why he took a liking to me.

But he did.

Public speaking! It's on the list of the top fears for a whole lot of people. But, it doesn't have to be terrifying. Here is a positive post filled with tips, suggestions, and encouragement for those who'd like to overcome the fear of public speaking.His name was George Stokes, and he was the “Voice” of Baylor University. Whenever a game was called over the loudspeakers, Dr. Stokes was at the microphone.

What Can You Do When You Are Terrified of Public Speaking?

I was a freshman in college and a member of his Speech Class.

About 3 weeks into the semester, we had to give our first, graded, 3-minute speech from memory.

Each of us took our turn presenting our speech and receiving our feedback.

As we were exiting into the hall after class, Dr. Stokes called my name and asked to speak to me.

When all of the other students had left the area, he came over to me and stood about 2 feet away from me.  He was about 70 years old; I was only 19.

He smiled and got up right in my face and poked his finger into my Adam’s apple.

Then, he called me by my maiden name and said, “Maddox, you can be really good at this, and I’m going to show you how.”

Over the course of that semester, Dr. Stokes invested in my life and in the lives of my classmates. He taught us the speaking essentials and instilled into my life a confidence that I had never known before. 

It was my desire to speak to groups and to allow God to use me, but I needed a little push.

God used Dr. Stokes to “nudge” me right on out into public speaking. I stepped out and never looked back after that class!

And, I believe that there might be someone reading this post who has a desire to speak publicly.

You really want to stand and address groups, but you are afraid, nervous, scared, or just lacking a little confidence.

I’d like to encourage you in the same way that Dr. Stokes encouraged me.

So, “_(Insert your name)_, you can be good at this, and I can show you how.”

Public speaking! It's on the list of the top fears for a whole lot of people. But, it doesn't have to be terrifying. Here is a positive post filled with tips, suggestions, and encouragement for those who'd like to overcome the fear of public speaking.

I’m partnering with my friend Valerie Murray today to answer this question: 

“How Can You Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking.”

 To read this post, just click HERE.

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**And, would you do me a favor — if this article has encouraged you today — would you share it with someone else? 

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6 thoughts on “What Can You Do When You Are Terrified of Public Speaking?

  1. Melanie – Valerie – thanks for sharing! Mel, I remember the first time you told me that story about Dr. Stokes, I can still hear his voice over the loud speakers at the games. I’m grateful for both of you for sharing this post on overcoming the fear of speaking in public!

  2. What an inspiring story to have someone you admire come alongside to mentor and encourage you! And I just love how now you are that example and encourager to so many others! I really appreciate the example you are to me and the encouragment you give. Thank you for writing such a wonderful post for the facing fear series!

    1. Thank you, Valerie! You bless me!
      I wish Tennessee was a lot closer to California!

      It’s my joy to share a post today as a part of your “Fear” series!
      I’m praying that someone will read & really be encouraged to get up on that stage and speak… no matter how nervous they are!

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