Question: What do overcoming the fear of speaking in public and holiday gift-giving have in common?
Answer: We use the same principles to give a speech or to give a gift!
We've just spent a lot of time thinking of the folks on our holiday gift list. We took into consideration their likes and dislikes and the financial limits we all agreed to observe. Then we tried to come up with something they'd appreciate that they didn't have before, that would make them feel we cared about them. And when they smiled and said, "Thanks, I love this, it's just what I need!", we knew really meant it.
This is a great technique for overcoming the fear of speaking in public.
If we break down the elements of our gift-giving technique, we find three simple principles: