Aired: May 21, 2011

Tongue-Tied America

The fear of public speaking can be debilitating.  For some, it’s the stuff of nightmares.  And so rather than stumble through a speech, many people avoid doing it altogether. But Molly Bishop Shadel (University of Virginia) and Robert N. Sayler (University of Virginia) say oral advocacy is key to a healthy democracy. Effective speeches can even change the course of history. And, they say, anyone can do it.  Also featured: It’s a highly debated approach to improving workplace relations: emotional intelligence training. But there’s a reason EI, as its called, is growing in popularity. Ronald Humphrey (Virginia Commonwealth University) says emotionally intelligent people—those with an ability to understand the emotions of themselves and others—make better workers. And better workers means better business.