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Just Say It! Exploring the Fear of Public Speaking

The average person, it’s said, feels more anxiety about talking in front of a group than about dying. So what drives some people to get up and give speeches? How do they overcome their fear? This program follows a young filmmaker named Luke King as he confronts the fight-or-flight aspect of public speaking and tries to determine solutions for it. Meeting with participants in a prestigious youth speech competition, King learns about each speaker’s preparation process—emotional, physical, and academic—and records their presentations. He also interviews a wide range of experts in motivational speaking, politics, and the performing arts, leading to historical, linguistic, and media-related insights. (73 minutes)

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Exploring Our Greatest Fear
Fear of public speaking is cited as the number one fear of most people.