People speak very differently depending on their audience. You might tell your friends things that you would never share with your families—and you use very different language with your colleagues than you do at home.
This filtering—or catering to different audiences—is something you do naturally, without even thinking about it. However, you’re less likely to apply the same logic when speaking in front of a group.
Why? Because one of the most frightening things about public speaking is that you’re standing up in front of a room full of strangers. It’s very hard to know the right thing to say at a networking event, when faced with small groups of three or four people you’ve never met. Selecting the best topic, theme, or content for 20, 200, or 500 people is even harder…
This post was first published by Time Magazine and The Muse. Click here to read the full article.