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Phobias – A Big List

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During a recent workshop, a person confided in me he had a phobia of public speaking. He had A LOT of anxiety over public speaking that he would almost certainly throw-up before EVERY presentation. A telephone call followed and I shared with him there are more phobias associated with communication than any other category. I had done some research on various communication-related phobias (non medical and non scientific). He asked me what they all were. I then thought, “Hmmm… I should make a blog post on phobias.” And here we are…

Sources:, Phobia List, Common Phobias, Oxford Dictionaries, Very Well Mind


1. This list of phobias is provided for informational purposes only. This list should in no way be used for anything related to identifying or treating any conditions. This list is best categorized as “FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY .” Seek the advice of a trained healthcare professional.
2. Phobias deemed inappropriate for this blog, were omitted.


Ablutophobia – Fear of washing or bathing
Acarophobia – Fear of itching or of the insects that cause itching (see also Entomophobia, Insectophobia , and Isopterophobia)
Acerophobia – Fear of sourness
Achluophobia – Fear of darkness
Acousticophobia – Fear of noise
Acrophobia – Fear of heights (see also Batophobia)
Aerophobia – Fear of drafts, air swallowing, or airborne noxious substances
Aeroacrophobia – Fear of open high places
Aeronausiphobia – Fear of vomiting secondary to airsickness (see also Emetophobia)
Agateophobia – Fear of insanity
Agliophobia/Algophobia – Fear of pain
Agoraphobia – Fear and avoid places or situations that might cause panic and make people feel trapped, helpless, or embarrassed
Agrizoophobia – Fear of wild animals
Agyrophobia – Fear of streets or crossing the street
Aichmophobia – Fear of needles or pointed objects (see also Belonephobia)
Ailurophobia – Fear of cats (see also Elurophobia, Felinophobia, Galeophobia, Zoophobia)
Akousticophobia – Fear of sound
Albuminurophobia – Fear of kidney disease
Alektorophobia – Fear of chickens
Alliumphobia – Fear of garlic
Allodoxaphobia – Fear of opinions
Altophobia – Fear of heights
Amathophobia – Fear of dust
Amaxophobia – Fear of riding in a car
Ambulophobia – Fear of walking
Amnesiphobia – Fear of amnesia
Amychophobia – Fear of scratches or being scratched
Anablephobia – Fear of looking up
Ancraophobia/Anemophobia – Fear of air drafts or wind
Androphobia/Arrhenphobia – Fear of men
Anginophobia – Fear of angina, choking or narrowness
Angrophobia – Fear of anger or of becoming angry
Ankylophobia – Fear of immobility of a joint
Anthophobia/Anthrophobia – Fear of flowers
Anthropophobia – Fear of people or society
Antlophobia – Fear of floods
Anuptaphobia – Fear of staying single
Apeirophobia – Fear of infinity
Aphenphosmphobia – Fear of being touched (see also Haphephobia)
Apiphobia – Fear of bees
Arachibutyrophobia – Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth
Arachnephobia/Arachnophobia – Fear of spiders
Arithmophobia – Fear of numbers
Arsonphobia – Fear of fire
Asthenophobia – Fear of fainting or weakness
Astraphobia/Astrapophobia – Fear of thunder and lightning
Astrophobia – Fear of stars or space (see also Selenophobia and Siderophobia)
Asymmetriphobia – Fear of asymmetrical things
Ataxiophobia – Fear of the loss of bodily control
Ataxophobia – Fear of disorder or untidiness
Atelophobia – Fear of imperfection
Atephobia – Fear of ruin or ruins
Athazagoraphobia – Fear of being forgotten or ignored or forgetting
Atomosophobia – Fear of atomic explosions
Atychiphobia – Fear of failure
Aulophobia – Fear of flutes
Aurophobia – Fear of gold
Auroraphobia – Fear of Northern lights
Automatonophobia – Fear of human-like figures such as ventriloquist’s dummies, animatronic creatures, wax statues
Automysophobia – Fear of being dirty
Autophobia – Fear of being alone or of oneself (see also Isolophobia and Monophobia)
Aviophobia/Aviatophobia – Fear of flying


Bacillophobia – Fear of microbes (see also Bacteriophobia, and Misophobia, and Verminophobia)
Bacteriophobia – Fear of bacteria (see also Bacillophobia, Misophobia, and Verminophobia)
Ballistophobia – Fear of missiles or bullets
Barophobia – Fear of gravity
Basophobia/Basiphobia – Fear of walking or falling; Inability to stand
Bathmophobia – Fear of stairs or steep slopes
Bathophobia – Fear of depth
Batophobia – Fear of heights or being close to high buildings (see also Acrophobia)
Batrachophobia – Fear of amphibians, such as frogs, newts, salamanders, etc. (see also Bufonophobia, Herpetophobia, and Ranidaphobia)
Belonephobia- Fear of pins and needles (see also Aichmophobia)
Bibliophobia- Fear of books
Blennophobia- Fear of slime (see also Myxophobia)
Botanophobia- Fear of plants
Brontophobia – Fear of thunder and lightning (see also Tonitrophobia)
Bufonophobia – Fear of toads (see also Batrachophobia, Herpetophobia, and Ranidaphobia)


Cacophobia – Fear of ugliness
Cainophobia/Cainotophobia – Fear of newness, novelty
Caligynephobia – Fear of beautiful women
Cancerophobia/Carcinophobia – Fear of cancer
Cardiophobia – Fear of the heart
Carnophobia – Fear of meat
Catagelophobia – Fear of being ridiculed
Catapedaphobia – Fear of jumping from high and low places
Cathisophobia – Fear of sitting
Catoptrophobia – Fear of mirrors
Cenophobia – Fear of new things or ideas
Cenotophobia- Fear of voids, empty rooms, barren spaces
Ceraunophobia- Fear of thunder and lightning (see also Astraphobia, Astrapophobia, Keraunophobia)
Chaetophobia – Fear of hair
Cheimaphobia/Cheimatophobia – Fear of cold (see also Frigophobia, Psychophobia)
Chemophobia – Fear of chemicals or working with chemicals
Cherophobia – Fear of happiness
Chionophobia – Fear of snow
Chiraptophobia – Fear of being touched
Chirophobia – Fear of hands
Chiroptophobia – Fear of bats
Cholerophobia – Fear of anger
Chorophobia – Fear of dancing
Chrometophobia/Chrematophobia – Fear of money
Chromophobia/Chromatophobia – Fear of colors
Chronophobia – Fear of time
Chronomentrophobia – Fear of clocks
Cibophobia – Fear of food (see also Sitophobia, Sitiophobia)
Claustrophobia – Fear of confined spaces (see also Cleithrophobia)
Cleithrophobia/Cleisiophobia/Clithrophobia – Fear of being locked in an enclosed place (see also Claustrophobia)
Cleptophobia – Fear of stealing
Climacophobia – Fear of stairs, climbing, or of falling downstairs
Clinophobia – Fear of going to bed
Cnidophobia – Fear of stings
Cometophobia – Fear of comets
Coimetrophobia – Fear of cemeteries
Consecotaleophobia – Fear of chopsticks
Coulrophobia – Fear of clowns
Cremnophobia – Fear of precipices/steep cliffs
Cryophobia – Fear of extreme cold, ice or frost
Crystallophobia – Fear of crystals or glass
Cyberphobia – Fear of computers or working on a computer
Cyclophobia – Fear of bicycles
Cymophobia – Fear of waves or wave like motions (see also Kymophobia)
Cynophobia – Fear of dogs or rabies


Decidophobia – Fear of making decisions
Deipnophobia – Fear of dining, dinner conversations or carrying on a conversation while eating
Demophobia – Fear of crowds
Dendrophobia – Fear of trees
Dentophobia – Fear of dentists
Dermatophobia – Fear of skin lesions
Dermatosiophobia/Dermatophobia/Dermatopathophobia – Fear of skin disease
Dextrophobia – Fear of objects at the right side of the body
Diabetophobia – Fear of diabetes
Didaskaleinophobia – Fear of going to school
Dikephobia – Fear of justice
Dinophobia – Fear of dizziness or whirlpools
Diplophobia – Fear of double vision
Dipsophobia – Fear of drinking
Disposophobia – Fear of throwing stuff out; hoarding
Domatophobia – Fear of houses or being in a house (see also Ecophobia, Eicophobia, Oikophobia)
Doraphobia – Fear of fur or skins of animals
Doxophobia – Fear of expressing opinions or of receiving praise
Dromophobia – Fear of crossing streets
Dystychiphobia – Fear of accidents


Ecophobia/Eicophobia – Fear of home (see also Domatophobia, Oikophobia)
Eisoptrophobia – Fear of mirrors or of seeing oneself in a mirror
Electrophobia – Fear of electricity
Eleutherophobia – Fear of freedom
Elurophobia – Fear of cats (see also Ailurophobia, Felinophobia, Galeophobia, Zoophobia)
Emetophobia – Fear of vomiting
Enetophobia – Fear of pins
Enochlophobia – Fear of crowds (see also Ochlophobia)
Entomophobia- Fear of insects (see also Acarophobia, Insectophobia, and Isopterophobia)
Eosophobia – Fear of dawn or daylight
Ephebiphobia- Fear of teenagers
Epistaxiophobia – Fear of nosebleeds
Epistemophobia – Fear of knowledge (see also Gnosiophobia and Sophophobia)
Equinophobia – Fear of horses
Eremophobia – Fear of lonliness
Ereuthrophobia – Fear of blushing
Ergasiophobia – Fear of work or functioning or Surgeon’s fear of operating on a patient
Ergophobia – Fear of work
Euphobia – Fear of hearing good news
Erythrophobia/Erytophobia/Ereuthophobia – Fear of redlights, fear of blushing , fear of color Red


Febriphobia/Fibriphobia/Fibriophobia – Fear of fever
Felinophobia – Fear of cats (see also Ailurophobia, Elurophobia, Galeophobia, Zoophobia)
Frigophobia – Fear of cold or cold things (see also Cheimaphobia, Cheimatophobia, Psychrophobia)


Galeophobia/Gatophobia – Fear of cats (see also Ailurophobia, Elurophobia, Felinophobia, Zoophobia)
Gamophobia – Fear of marriage
Geliophobia – Fear of laughter
Gelotophobia – Fear of being laughed at
Geniophobia – Fear of chins
Genuphobia – Fear of knees
Gephyrophobia/Gephydrophobia/Gephysrophobia – Fear of crossing bridges
Gerascophobia/Gerontophobia – Fear of growing old
Geumaphobia/Geumophobia – Fear of taste
Glossophobia – Fear of public speaking (see also Laliophobia, Lalophobia)
Gnosiophobia – Fear of knowledge (see also Epistemophobia and Sophophobia)
Graphophobia – Fear of writing or handwriting
Gynephobia/Gynophobia – Fear of women


Haphephobia/Haptephobia – Fear of being touched
Harpaxophobia – Fear of being robbed
Heliophobia – Fear of the sun
Hellenologophobia – Fear of Greek terms or complex scientific terminology
Helminthophobia – Fear of being infested with worms
Hemophobia/Hemaphobia/Hematophobia – Fear of blood
Heresyphobia/Hereiophobia – Fear of challenges to official doctrine or of radical deviation
Herpetophobia – Fear of reptiles or creepy, crawly things (see also Batrachophobia and Bufonophobia)
Heterophobia – Fear of the opposite gender
Hippophobia – Fear of horses
Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia – Fear of long words (see also Logophobia, Onomatophobia, Sesquipedalophobia, and Verbophobia)
Hodophobia – Fear of road travel
Hormephobia – Fear of shock
Homichlophobia – Fear of fog
Hominophobia – Fear of men
Hoplophobia – Fear of firearms
Hydrargyophobia – Fear of mercurial medicines
Hydrophobia – Fear of water or of rabies
Hydrophobophobia – Fear of rabies
Hyelophobia/Hyalophobia – Fear of glass
Hygrophobia – Fear of liquids, dampness, or moisture (see also Hydrophobia)
Hylephobia – Fear of materialism or the fear of epilepsy
Hylophobia – Fear of forests (see also Nyctohylophobia and Xylophobia)
Hypengyophobia/Hypegiaphobia – Fear of responsibility
Hypnophobia – Fear of sleep or of being hypnotized
Hypsiphobia – Fear of height


Iatrophobia – Fear of going to the doctor or of doctors
Ichthyophobia – Fear of fish
Ideophobia – Fear of ideas
Illyngophobia – Fear of vertigo or feeling dizzy when looking down
Iophobia – Fear of poison or rust
Insectophobia – Fear of insects (see also Acarophobia, Entomophobia, and Isopterophobia)
Isolophobia – Fear of solitude, being alone (see also Autophobia and Isolophobia)
Isopterophobia – Fear of termites, insects that eat wood (see also Acarophobia, Entomophobia, and Insectophobia)


Kainolophobia/Kainophobia – Fear of anything new, novelty
Kakorrhaphiophobia – Fear of failure or defeat
Katagelophobia – Fear of ridicule
Kathisophobia – Fear of sitting down
Katsaridaphobia – Fear of cockroaches
Kenophobia – Fear of voids or empty spaces
Keraunophobia – Fear of thunder and lightning (see also Astraphobia, Astrapophobia, Ceraunophobia)
Kinetophobia/Kinesophobia – Fear of movement or motion
Kleptophobia – Fear of stealing
Koinoniphobia – Fear of rooms full of people
Kopophobia – Fear of fatigue
Koniophobia – Fear of dust (see also Amathophobia)
Kosmikophobia – Fear of cosmic phenomenon
Kymophobia – Fear of waves (see also Cymophobia)
Kynophobia – Fear of rabies
Kyphophobia – Fear of stooping


Lachanophobia – Fear of vegetables
Laliophobia/Lalophobia – Fear of speaking (see also Glossophobia)
Leprophobia/Lepraphobia – Fear of leprosy
Leukophobia – Fear of the color white
Levophobia – Fear of things to the left side of the body
Ligyrophobia – Fear of loud noises
Lilapsophobia – Fear of tornadoes and hurricanes
Limnophobia – Fear of lakes
Linonophobia – Fear of string
Liticaphobia – Fear of lawsuits
Lockiophobia – Fear of childbirth
Logizomechanophobia – Fear of computers
Logophobia- Fear of words (see also Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia, Onomatophobia, Sesquipedalophobia, and Verbophobia)
Lutraphobia – Fear of otters
Lygophobia – Fear of darkness
Lyssophobia – Fear of rabies or of becoming mad


Macrophobia – Fear of long waits
Mageirocophobia – Fear of cooking
Maieusiophobia – Fear of childbirth
Mastigophobia – Fear of punishment
Mechanophobia – Fear of machines
Megalophobia – Fear of large things
Melissophobia – Fear of bees
Melanophobia – Fear of the color black
Melophobia – Fear or hatred of music
Meningitophobia – Fear of brain disease
Metallophobia – Fear of metal
Metathesiophobia – Fear of changes
Meteorophobia – Fear of meteors
Methyphobia – Fear of alcohol
Metrophobia – Fear or hatred of poetry
Microbiophobia – Fear of microbes (see also Bacillophobia)
Microphobia/Mycrophobia – Fear of small things
Misophobia/Mysophobia/Molysmophobia – Fear of being contaminated with dirt or germs (see also Bacillophobia, Bacteriophobia, and Verminophobia)
Mnemophobia – Fear of memories
Monophobia – Fear of solitude or being alone (see also Autophobia and Isolophobia)
Monopathophobia – Fear of having a disease (see also Pathophobia)
Motorphobia – Fear of automobiles
Mottephobia – Fear of moths
Musophobia/Muriphobia- Fear of mice
Mycophobia – Fear or aversion to mushrooms
Myctophobia – Fear of darkness
Myrmecophobia – Fear of ants
Mythophobia – Fear of myths, stories, or false statements
Myxophobia – Fear of slime (see also Blennophobia)


Nebulaphobia – Fear of fog (see also Homichlophobia)
Necrophobia – Fear of death or dead things
Nelophobia – Fear of glass
Neopharmaphobia – Fear of new drugs
Neophobia – Fear of anything new
Nephophobia – Fear of clouds
Noctiphobia – Fear of the night
Nomatophobia – Fear of names
Nosocomephobia – Fear of hospitals
Nosophobia/Nosemaphobia – Fear of becoming ill
Nostophobia – Fear of returning home
Nucleomituphobia – Fear of nuclear weapons
Numerophobia – Fear of numbers
Nyctohylophobia – Fear of dark wooded areas or of forests at night (see also Hylophobia and Xylophobia)


Obesophobia – Fear of gaining weight (see also Pocrescophobia)
Ochlophobia – Fear of crowds or mobs (see also Enochlophobia)
Ochophobia – Fear of vehicles
Octophobia – Fear of the figure 8
Odontophobia – Fear of teeth or dental surgery
Odynophobia/Odynephobia – Fear of pain (see also Algophobia)
Oenophobia – Fear of wines
Oikophobia – Fear of home surroundings, house (see Domatophobia and Eicophobia)
Olfactophobia – Fear of smells
Ombrophobia – Fear of rain or of being rained on
Ommetaphobia/Ommatophobia – Fear of eyes
Omphalophobia – Fear of belly buttons
Oneirophobia – Fear of dreams
Onomatophobia – Fear of hearing a certain word or of names (see also (Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia, Logophobia, Sesquipedalophobia, and Verbophobia)
Ophidiophobia – Fear of snakes
Ophthalmophobia – Fear of being stared at
Opiophobia – Fear medical doctors experience of prescribing needed pain medications for patients
Optophobia – Fear of opening one’s eyes
Ornithophobia – Fear of birds
Orthophobia – Fear of property
Osmophobia/Osphresiophobia – Fear of smells or odors
Ostraconophobia – Fear of shellfish


Pagophobia – Fear of ice or frost
Panthophobia/Pathophobia – Fear of suffering and disease  (see also Monopathophobia)
Panophobia/Pantophobia/Polyphobia – Fear of everything
Papyrophobia – Fear of paper
Paralipophobia – Fear of neglecting duty or responsibility
Parasitophobia – Fear of parasites
Paraskavedekatriaphobia – Fear of Friday the 13th
Patroiophobia – Fear of heredity
Parturiphobia – Fear of childbirth
Peccatophobia – Fear of sinning or imaginary crimes
Pediculophobia – Fear of lice
Pediophobia – Fear of dolls
Pedophobia – Fear of children
Peladophobia – Fear of bald people
Peniaphobia – Fear of poverty
Phagophobia – Fear of swallowing or of eating or of being eaten
Phalacrophobia- Fear of becoming bald
Pharmacophobia – Fear of taking medicine
Phasmophobia – Fear of ghosts
Phengophobia – Fear of daylight or sunshine
Philophobia – Fear of falling in love or being in love
Philosophobia – Fear of philosophy
Phobophobia – Fear of phobias
Photoaugliaphobia – Fear of glaring lights
Photophobia – Fear of light
Phonophobia – Fear of noises or voices or one’s own voice; of telephones
Phronemophobia – Fear of thinking
Phthiriophobia – Fear of lice (see Pediculophobia)
Placophobia – Fear of tombstones
Plutophobia – Fear of wealth
Pluviophobia – Fear of rain or of being rained on
Pneumatiphobia – Fear of spirits
Pnigophobia/Pnigerophobia – Fear of choking of being smothered
Pocrescophobia – Fear of gaining weight (see also Obesophobia)
Pogonophobia – Fear of beards
Politicophobia – Fear or abnormal dislike of politicians
Poinephobia – Fear of punishment
Ponophobia – Fear of overworking or of pain
Porphyrophobia – Fear of the color purple
Potamophobia – Fear of rivers or running water
Potophobia – Fear of alcohol
Pharmacophobia – Fear of drugs
Prosophobia – Fear of progress
Psellismophobia – Fear of stuttering
Psychophobia – Fear of mind
Psychrophobia – Fear of cold
Pteromerhanophobia – Fear of flying
Pteronophobia – Fear of being tickled by feathers
Pupaphobia – Fear of puppets
Pyrexiophobia – Fear of Fever
Pyrophobia – Fear of fire


Quadraphobia – Fear of the number four
Quintaphobia – Fear of the number five


Radiophobia – Fear of radiation, x-rays
Ranidaphobia – Fear of frogs – Fear of amphibians, such as frogs, newts, salamanders, etc. (see also Batrachophobia, Bufonophobia, and Herpetophobia)
Rhabdophobia – Fear of being severely punished or of being severely criticized
Rhytiphobia – Fear of getting wrinkles
Rupophobia – Fear of dirt


Samhainophobia – Fear of Halloween
Scelerophibia – Fear of burglars
Sciophobia/Sciaphobia – Fear of shadows
Scoleciphobia – Fear of worms
Scolionophobia – Fear of school
Scopophobia/Scoptophobia – Fear of being seen or stared at
Scotophobia – Fear of darkness (see also Achluophobia)
Scriptophobia – Fear of writing in public
Selachophobia – Fear of sharks
Selaphobia – Fear of light flashes
Selenophobia – Fear of the moon
Seplophobia – Fear of decaying matter
Sesquipedalophobia – Fear of long words (see also Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia, Logophobia, Onomatophobia, and Verbophobia)
Siderodromophobia – Fear of trains, railroads or train travel
Siderophobia/Spacephobia – Fear of stars (see also Astrophobia and Selenophobia)
Sinistrophobia – Fear of things to the left or left-handed
Sitophobia/Sitiophobia – Fear of food or eating (see also Cibophobia)
Sociophobia – Fear of society or people in general
Somniphobia – Fear of sleep
Sophophobia – Fear of learning (see also Epistemophobia and Gnosiophobia)
Soteriophobia – Fear of dependence on others
Spectrophobia – Fear of specters or ghosts
Spheksophobia – Fear of wasps
Stasibasiphobia/Stasiphobia – Fear of standing or walking (see also Ambulophobia)
Stenophobia – Fear of narrow things or places
Suriphobia – Fear of mice
Symbolophobia – Fear of symbolism
Symmetrophobia – Fear of symmetry


Tachophobia – Fear of speed
Tapinophobia – Fear of being contagious
Taurophobia – Fear of bulls
Technophobia – Fear of technology
Teleophobia – Fear of definite plans
Telephonophobia – Fear of telephones
Testophobia – Fear of taking tests
Tetanophobia – Fear of lockjaw, tetanus
Textophobia – Fear of certain fabrics
Thaasophobia – Fear of sitting
Thalassophobia – Fear of the sea
Thanatophobia/Thantophobia – Fear of death or dying
Theatrophobia – Fear of theatres
Thermophobia – Fear of heat
Tocophobia – Fear of pregnancy or childbirth
Tomophobia – Fear of surgical operations
Tonitrophobia – Fear of thunder (see also Brontophobia)
Topophobia – Fear of certain places or situations, such as stage fright
Toxiphobia/Toxophobia/Toxicophobia – Fear of poison or of being accidently poisoned
Traumatophobia – Fear of injury
Tremophobia – Fear of trembling
Trichopathophobia/Trichophobia – Fear of hair (see Chaetophobia and Hypertrichophobia)
Triskaidekaphobia – Fear of the number 13
Tropophobia – Fear of moving or making changes
Trypanophobia – Fear of injections
Tyrannophobia- Fear of tyrants


Vaccinophobia – Fear of vaccination
Verbophobia – Fear of words (see also Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia, Logophobia, Onomatophobia, and Sesquipedalophobia)
Verminophobia – Fear of germs (see also Bacillophobia, Bacteriophobia, and Misophobia)
Vestiphobia – Fear of clothing


Xanthophobia – Fear of the color yellow or the word yellow
Xenoglossophobia – Fear of foreign languages
Xenophobia – Fear of strangers or foreigners
Xerophobia – Fear of dryness
Xylophobia – Fear of wooden objects or fear of forests (see also Hylophobia and Nyctohylophobia)
Xyrophobia – Fear of razors


Zelophobia – Fear of jealousy
Zoophobia – Fear of animals (see also Ailurophobia, Elurophobia, Felinophobia, and Galeophobia)

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Ira Koretsky

Ira Koretsky has built The Chief Storyteller® into one of the most recognized names in communication, especially business storytelling. He has delivered over 500 keynote presentations and workshops in nearly a dozen countries, in more than one hundred cities, across 30 plus industries. His specialties are simplifying the complex and communicating when the stakes are high. He is also an adjunct professor in public speaking and storytelling at the University of Maryland's Business School. With over 25 years of experience, he is a sought-after storytelling coach, global speaker, trainer, consultant, communication coach, and public speaking coach.