What We Fear Doing Most

Rabih Elkhodr

Hello. My name is Rabih and I have been teaching public speaking and persuasion at Phoenicia University for the past year.
Coming into academia from the world of corporate training was challenging, having to adopt a new approach to teaching. It was also thrilling, as I had the possibility to share my passion for communication with you, the up-and-coming generation of our beloved country.
For those who believe that becoming a confident public speaker is an overnight process: think again. It’s a long road of commitment and persistence — and it has to start somewhere.
As PU students, you are being presented with a golden opportunity to have an early start at polishing your communication skills.
You don’t have to wait till later stages of your life when it gets really, really harder:
At the end of a group workshop, a participant approached me, her voice crackling in both angst and relief.
- "Thank you."
- "For what?"
- "For encouraging me to stand up and speak up. I come from a household where such a thing was never encouraged… You gave me back my voice."
And if you’re anxious about speaking in front of a group of people: Congratulations! You’re human!
Great speakers are not born as fantastic orators, and it takes a lot of hard work to showcase public speaking ease. As per Victor Lipman’s research, Winston Churchill — one of the greatest orators of all time — “originally had a lisp and was even known to freeze at a complete loss for words early in his political career.”
So if Churchill could do it, so can you!
As a final word, American writer Ralph Waldo Emerson says it best when he states:
“What we fear of doing most is usually what we most need to do.”

So what are you waiting for?
Wishing you success in your studies and memorable times at PU.

- Rabih Elkhodr
  Communication Instructor