Over 80% of people who register for a Fear-less public speaking course say that they are actively avoiding situations where they will have to speak to audiences. And nearly 45% say that they have either turned down a promotion or not applied for a job due to their fear of public speaking.
The people who take my courses have identified public speaking as a major fear that is impacting on their career and their life in general. But also, they are people we come across in the workplace every day. They are talented, motivated, set high standards for themselves, are well regarded by their peers and managers, and often hiding a shameful secret.
This article is the first of a two-part series. Part one is written mainly for people who have a fear of public speaking. My aim is for them to recognise the impact it is having on them professionally and how it doesn’t always have to be this way. Part two will be written for managers, Learning and Development professionals, recruiters, and those responsible for workplace wellbeing. It will help them understand how helping people address their fear of public speaking benefits everyone.
I get huge satisfaction from seeing the relief, pride, and even joy that people experience when they complete a course and reflect on the progress they have made. See what others say for some inspiring stories.