The fear of public speaking is universal. And yet the cringe worthiness of someone drying up, or delivering a terrible speech is somehow hypnotising. We remember the performance and the person but none of the content. But it does not have to be like this. A recent article in Harvard Business review talks about stuttering African teenager whose story was so compelling that the audience was spellbound. Sometimes people forget that if you really have something to say that's worth listening to and are passionate about it then your audience will be very receptive and forgiving.
Next time I will know. I will do a better job. But there still had to be that first time. That first time is what strikes terror in our hearts: hence the legendary fear of public speaking that is apparently universal. Perhaps this is why we laugh so hard at bad public performances. It is our own way of dealing with the awareness that most of us lack the courage to even try to do that. It's how we justify our own refusal to stick our necks out, perform, and endure the judgment of the listeners. Laughing is our way of saying, "see how right I am not to try this."