Mayor Rob Ford of Toronto has a reputation that’s getting close to notoriety. So when he was 45 minutes or so late for a speech to the Economic Club of Canada members in Toronto everyone waited for the excuse. It seems he was stuck in the lift. Fear of public speaking it wasn’t.
Was an anxiety about public speaking behind the fact that Kim Jong-il, the former Supreme Leader of North Korea, never gave a speech in public. He has to be alone in the pantheon of dictators, past and present, never to have given a speech in public.
An Iowa woman with no fear of anything is being probed by scientists keen to learn more about the causes of fear and anxiety. The woman shows no fear of spiders, death or public speaking.