Did you know that public speaking is the #1 fear in the world? It beats the fear of actually dying. That seems like a pretty farfetched fact, but it is the truth. Maybe that would explain why I had to take my Speech class twice. I was so frightened to actually have to get up in front of my class that I actually contemplated not even finishing my degree because of it. Hey, I know I am not alone who felt that way! Public speaking is not easy for a lot us.