Ah, the most feared thing for humans!!! and all attorneys need to face the reality that they will be called upon to do some of it throughout their career. Even transactional attorneys may need to present a program or at least do a YOU TUBE to promote business. Public Attorneys who are trial lawyers need to ace public speaking. Public attorneys who want to get ahead in their firm, need to present ideas and thoughts at meetings.
So why is this so scarey for most adults? True, extroverts have a lot less fear than introverts, although they are prone to talking too much or being off point and boring. But what are the reasons for the fear? Obviously one is that the public speaker is exposed. He or she is standing there commanding the audience’s attention. Fear of being judged badly is certainly a foremost fear for Speakers.
Will the audience think I’m stupid? boring? or awkward. What overcomes this? CONFIDENCE. Confidence in public speaking comes from basically knowing that you have something of value to give to your audience. This, of course, comes down preparing the material to be informative but even more so, to be logical and simple enough for the audience to follow. Too many times the speaker aims the material to the top 20% of the audience that may understand his or her ideas quickly but forgets about the 80% that could be interested if the material were presented in a simpler fashion.