According to a recent article in the Toastmaster magazine written by Lauren Parsons, there is scientific research “suggests that success does not lead to happiness but that the opposite is true. Happiness has a profound effect on brain function and significantly increases individual performance, leading to greater success”. On this episode, we discuss recommendations on how to be happy, and therefore, achieve success, and how to overcome barriers to having more optimistic days in the workplace, and in your personal life.
According to a study by sociologist Andrew Zekeri (Zekeri, 2004), oral communication skills were the number one skill college graduates found useful in the business world. Nonetheless, there are many other surveys out there that confirm that public speaking, and not many other things - including death - is one of people’s biggest fears. An article published by the Washington Post illustrated that fear of public speaking is America's biggest phobia (approximately 25%). Other fears included clowns (7.6%), ghosts (7.3%), and zombies (8.9%). If it is the case that public speaking skills are so invaluable -- why are people so afraid? How can we overcome these fears, to improve this crucial, and scarce, skill?