Toastmasters International, an organization devoted to helping people become good public speakers-whose advice on public speaking is cited above-was founded to solve the problem that speaking in public is said to be one of the most anxietyproducing activities for most people. That is because they fear they will bore others, that they have nothing interesting to say, and that people to whom they are speaking may show signs of displeasure, heckle them, or even get up and walk out of the room where they are speaking. These acts humiliate us and attack our sense of self, but this kind of behavior is very rare. After learning a few essential tricks of the trade and practicing a bit, most people can do a decent job of public speaking. One secret is to be yourself and draw upon your own sense of humor and your style of doing things.