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  1. Hobbo February 8, 2021 / 10:39 am

    A very funny quote Chel, and so true for many people!

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  2. robstroud February 8, 2021 / 11:41 am

    Funny. And true, until most people stand at the brink of the actual ends of their lives.

    The degree of actual pain or physical and family suffering complicates the matter… but people of faith often face death peacefully, or even with joyous anticipation.

    From my observation over the decades, the reverse is true (as an admitted generalization) for those who chose to lives based on their own desires. Their uncertainty usually logically turns into anxiety, even fear. This is often true for those who “believed” in God’s existence, but ignored it.

    Still, public speaking can be a pretty terrifying experience too.

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    • Chel Owens February 8, 2021 / 3:51 pm

      So, existentially, this depends on your level of social anxiety.


  3. Doug Jacquier February 8, 2021 / 12:01 pm

    Disagree (oh, how unusual, thinks Chel). 😉 Death’s the inevitable one. Public speaking, while sometimes imtimidating, can be totally liberating for those kept silent in the past.

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  4. Heather Dawn February 8, 2021 / 1:11 pm

    I once spoke in front of my church and tripped on the stairs on the way off stage. There was a collective gasp and then a chuckle when everyone saw I was ok. Except that I wasn’t. My pride will remember that moment forever!

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  5. kat February 8, 2021 / 2:22 pm

    Speaking IN public is just as bad. Or maybe it’s just me…

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    • Chel Owens February 8, 2021 / 5:31 pm

      😀 Yes; I keep thinking, “Well, *you’re* clearly not bothered by it!”

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  6. Herb February 8, 2021 / 6:27 pm

    I don’t mind speaking in front of a large group at all. Individual conversations are harder.

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      • Herb February 9, 2021 / 8:30 pm

        Well, that’s what makes horse races. I don’t know why, but it’s an old saying so it must be true.

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  7. petespringerauthor February 8, 2021 / 8:28 pm

    I used to be in the afraid camp when it came to public speaking, but that was back a few decades ago. My high school speech teacher said that it was Americans’ greatest fear. I often think to myself, “Look at me. I’m up here. I wonder how many others in the audience would be afraid to take my place.”

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      • petespringerauthor February 9, 2021 / 10:01 am

        It is empowering to conquer anything like that because it proves to us we can overcome other challenges.

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  8. rts - Facing the Challenges of Mental Health February 9, 2021 / 12:28 am

    When it comes to public speaking, it is sometimes best to have it pre-written. Then rehearse it in front of a mirror.
    The more public speaking you do the easier it becomes. However, public speaking scares most the first couple of times.

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    • Chel Owens February 9, 2021 / 7:41 am

      This is very sound advice. I think one needs to come up with some strategy, like looking at the back row or noticing how *you* can see all of *them* as well.

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  9. Jules February 11, 2021 / 8:02 am

    One of my first memories as a very young child was singing; ‘I’m a Little Teapot’ – I felt like the whole world was staring me down. Still not one of my favorite things to do… but certainly a better alternative… perhaps. There is so much we don’t know while we are living.

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