Articles about performance anxiety, aka “stage fright,” usually start the same way: Surveys reveal that Americans fear public speaking more than anything else, including death. Well, I’m pleased to report that public speaking is now just Americans’ #33 fear (according to The Chapman University Survey on American Fears, 2016). This means it falls well behind such favorites as “widespread civil unrest” (#28), “nuclear weapons attack” (#18), and, of course, “reptiles” (#13). However, we Americans continue to fear public speaking more than death (#59), so I suppose there’s still work to do.
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