J. Mark Fox received his Masters Degree in Speech Communications from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1981, and a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Rice Seminary in 1990.Mark is married to Cindy, and they have seven children, two daughters-in-law, and three grandsons. They live in Burlington, North Carolina. Mark has been Pastor of Antioch Community Church since 1987 and an Instructor in the School of Communications at Elon University since 1990. He has taught over 2500 students in his Public Speaking courses. He also has a weekly podcast called Healthy Church Radio and writes a blog at jmarkfox.com.
Who's Afraid of Public Speaking?by J. Mark Fox
Who’s afraid of public speaking? Almost everybody! In fact, in nearly every survey where people are asked, “What is your greatest fear?,” public speaking comes out on top. By far the largest group, 41%, named speaking in public as that activity that gives them the shakes! Amazingly, the next highest response was from 18% of the people who admitted
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Who’s afraid of public speaking? Almost everybody! In fact, in nearly every survey where people are asked, “What is your greatest fear?,” public speaking comes out on top. By far the largest group, 41%, named speaking in public as that activity that gives them the shakes! Amazingly, the next highest response was from 18% of the people who admitted DEATH was their greatest terror.
In other words, most people would rather die than give a speech!
Someone said that the brain starts working before you are even born, and stops the moment you get up to give a speech. That’s why most people avoid it at all costs. At the same time, it is the ability to speak that sets candidates apart in the interview process. This ability to communicate in public is also the common denominator among business people who rise to the top of their profession. Speaking well is an ability that will serve you in every area of life. Looking to overcome your fear and learn a life-changing skill? This book can help. You will be led through the steps of choosing a topic, organizing your ideas, finding support material, starting and ending the speech with a bang, and developing a delivery style that sparkles. J. Mark Fox has taught nearly 3000 students how to overcome their fear of giving a speech and put the art of public speaking to work for them. He can do the same for you!
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