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Fear of Public Speaking: The BIG WHAT

Updated: Dec 19, 2023

WHY the Fear of Public Speaking?

Numerous things contribute to The Fear of Public Speaking. For many, it is the BIG WHAT?

WHAT am I going to talk about? WHAT can I tell an audience they’ve never heard before? WHAT topic can I speak about, confidently, that people will find helpful, interesting, and important?


You have something to present.

The Problem:

Many times, we’re too close to ourselves. Bill Prenatt, a wise friend, once said: “Your knowledge base is so wide and so deep, you often don’t know what you know.”

Your everyday could be somebody’s payday. Your everyday could be someone’s ‘Aha!’ moment.

Each and every person has knowledge and experience people would love to hear and could benefit from.

Here’s a way to find that topic.

  1. Take out your phone.

  2. Open the Photo App.

  3. Start scrolling.

  4. Stop when you find a picture with an image that “Tells a story.” (The Formula for the Body of a Speech is: Make a Point. Tell a Story that reinforces the point you just made. Preferably this should be a personal story. No one, unless you’ve given permission, can tell your story.)

  5. A story of persistence.

  6. A story of overcoming obstacles.

  7. A story of reaching a goal.

  8. A story helping others.

  9. A story about an experience in which you acquired new knowledge.

  10. Ask yourself:

  11. What did you learn?

  12. What would you do differently?

  13. How can this experience and information help others?

Include personal stories in your presentations and I guarantee they will be will be absolutely, positively – NO SWEAT!


About the Author

Fred E. Miller is a speaker, an international coach, and the author of the books, “NO SWEAT Public Speaking!” and “NO SWEAT Elevator Speech!”

Businesses, Individuals, and Organizations hire him because they want to improve their Networking, Public Speaking, and Presentation Skills.

They do this because they know: Speaking Opportunities are Business, Career, and Leadership Opportunities.

They also know: We perceive really great speakers to be Experts, and we like to work with Experts.

He shows them how to: Develop, Practice, and Deliver ‘Knock Your Socks Off Presentations!’ with – NO SWEAT!


  1. Keynote Speaker

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  3. Breakout Sessions

  4. Personal and Group Public Speaking and Presentation Coaching

  5. Professional Slide Presentations for your specific needs

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  1. Lessening The Fear of Public Speaking with – NO SWEAT!

  2. Crafting Your Elevator Speech, Floor by Floor with – NO SWEAT!

  3. Speaking Opportunities are BusinessCareer, and Leadership Opportunities.

  4. We are All Self-Employed!

  5. How to Build a Three-Legged EXPERT Stool


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