Try to imagine this. In the year of 2009 I was a 21-year-old Estonian exchange student in Georgia (US) and it is my first day at school. I had previously signed up for an Introduction to Communication Class thinking that this would be a good start for the year to ease into the world of communication. Sounds reasonable, right?
I was driving to school in my old red Chrysler Sebring that my host parents got me, windows down, music blasting and I was feeling like I was on the top of the world. I find the right classroom and sit down thinking, “Ok, Ott. This is going to be an awesome year and a great chance to practice my English and meet some new friends”. My thoughts were interrupted by the teacher who walked in head held high and said, “Welcome to the Public Speaking Class”. Wait….WHAT??!!!
“According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death.” – Jerry Seinfeld