Last Saturday, I represented Green Earth Survival School at the Oxbow Eco-Center, for the center’s monthly “Brown Bag” lecture, this one entitled, “The Seven Rules for Survival”. I was caught off guard when the Eco-Center’s Amanda Thompson, (yes, the very same Amanda I’ve written about before) called me to ask to fill in for Hank, the proprietor and lead instructor for Green Earth Survival School. Since I am listed as an part of the staff there (and couldn’t come up with a believable excuse), I obliged.
Much to my fear and stress, that is.
Glossophobia, or the fear of public speaking, is remarkably common. In fact, some experts estimate that as much as 75% of the population has some level of anxiety regarding public speaking.
A great little bit of trivia that did nothing to set my mind at ease.
However, knowing my subject matter did. However, I had such a mishmash of data to pass on, I thought I’d try to list everything I recall talking about in the short time I was speaking.
First, Green Earth Survival School can be found at
Second, a recap with the 7 Rules of Survival:
- P.M.A. – Positive Mental Attitude
- S.T.O.P. – Stop, Think, Observe, Plan.
- Shelter – 3 hours without adequate shelter to maintain your core body temperature*
- Water – 3 days without water*
- Food – 3 weeks without food*
*(Part of the Survival Rules of 3. Also includes 3 minutes without air.)
I talked about a “P” whistle. Here is a video of how it is made:
Whatever you do, and whatever you decide, you should prepare yourself mentally. Training and knowledge give you a level of self confidence that works VERY well towards keeping a positive mental attitude. And PMA is simply a fancy term for “hope”.
Never give up hope….
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