Tuesday, July 3, 2018

How to torpedo your credibility in the very first paragraph

At the CollegeInfoGeek web site on June 29, 2018 Roxine Kee had a blog post titled 5 Tips for Crafting Great Speeches and Presentations which opened with:

“If you’re like most people, you would probably rather die than present in front of a classroom. I’m not exaggerating: in this Gallup poll from 2001, the fear of public speaking is ranked #2, ahead of the fear of death (#6).”

But death is not mentioned at all in that poll. The #6 fear really is of Needles and Getting Shots. Oops!

The torpedoed ship image was adapted from this poster at the Library of Congress.

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