Yesterday whilst waiting for the train at Wimbledon, I started contemplating on Professor Barry Schwartz’s article Why We're So Unhappy With Work — And How to Fix It. When I saw the title, I immediately thought: “This is going to get a lot of views” and indeed at the time of writing the stats were: 124,518 views, 1,061 likes and 240 comments.
Professor Schwartz starts his post referring to Adam Smith’s view that people are lazy by nature and work only for the money, and how it has shaped the way we work now....
I have read an article recently in which the author ridiculed the common tip given to terrified beginner public speakers. The tip I’m referring to is the age-old “imagine that your audience are naked.” I’ve heard it so many times that I decided to research the origins of it and found the following quote taken from Dorothy Sarnoff’s book Speech Can Change Your Life (1970):
“Winston Churchill overcame his early fear of audiences by imagining that each of them was sitting there naked.”