10 Smart Tips to Help Beat Your Fear of Public Speaking (Debbie Epstein Henry, Fast Company, August 11, 2023)

When my middle son Spencer was 10 years old and the holidays were approaching, he thought it’d be helpful to make some gift suggestions to my husband, Gordon, and me. Spence prepared a pitch deck showcasing various ideas of what he and his two brothers might want. The boys had been unsuccessfully lobbying for several years to get an Xbox. So, the signature slide included a catalog picture of boys lounging on a couch, playing Xbox, and in the corner was a picture of Gordon and I toasting each other with glasses of wine. When we got to this slide, Spence narrated: “If you get us the Xbox, you and dad will get some peace and quiet and time alone.” I looked at Gordon and simply said, “Done!”