Monday, July 24, 2017

Dispensing the same old statistics on fear of public speaking

On May 20, 2017 Brandon Gaille posted an article titled 15 Fear of Public Speaking Statistics. I thought it looked vaguely familiar. Then I noticed that in the address box it said 14 instead of 15. I looked and found my old blog post from October 27, 2013 titled Stage Freight where the typo ‘stage freight’ had shown up on October 24, 2013 in the very same article, which back then instead was titled 14 Fear of Public Speaking Statistics.

That typo was in his list of Top 10 Phobias, which actually were a list of fears borrowed without reference from a web page titled Fear of Public Speaking Statistics Factsheet over at Speech Topics Help.

How about the infographic at the bottom? I also blogged about what was wrong with it in a November 9, 2013 blog post titled How scary is public speaking or performance? A better infographic showing both fears and phobias.

The image by Helgi Halldórsson was adapted from Wikimedia Commons.

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