“I cry when I’m happy, I cry when I’m sad, I may cry when I’m sharing something that’s of great significance to me,” said Nancy Reiley, 62, who works at a women’s shelter in Tampa, Fla., “and for some reason I sometimes will cry when I’m in a public speaking situation. “It has nothing to do with feeling sad or vulnerable. There’s no reason I can think of why it happens, but it does.”
While inconclusive on all the reasons you might cry in such a situation, the article notes that the prevailing views of tears as catharsis no longer provides a complete view. The article notes that, for biochemical and cultural reasons, women cry more often and more easily than do men.
What about you? Have you cried during a speech or presentation? What do you think was happening?