As an employer you will understand the importance of public speaking and being able to address an audience with confidence. However, you may not be aware that many people harbour a secret fear of public speaking. The chances are high that you have smart, capable people and hard-working within your organisation who are actively avoiding public speaking and limiting their career prospects as a result.
Nearly half of our clients say that they have chosen career paths to avoid public speaking or that their fear of public speaking has stopped them applying for promotions and other job opportunities. Many of these people hold mid-level and even senior roles but are not progressing because their fear is holding them back.
Supporting your employees by paying for public speaking training and/or giving them the time off work can produce a great return on investment - including improving staff retention, increasing internal promotions, and helping your organisation acheive its diversity targets.
Many organisations offer in-house public speaking courses which are great for boosting confidence and improving technique. Fear-less can run these courses for you and they are great for the majority of your staff.
However, you should also be aware that the people who are most in need will seek to avoid in-house courses because they do not want to embarrass themselves in front of their colleagues. Fear-less public classes are designed for people who want to be with a small group of people they don't know who feel the same way as they do. If you are running an in-house course you might also consider offering people a choice of attending a Fear-less public course instead.
If you would like to know more about how Fear-less can help, please contact us. Catherine Syme is happy to talk to organisations about who our public courses are suitable for and how they work, or to design an in-house course that will meet your needs.
Read this article to find out more about how a fear of public speaking might be affecting some of your most highly valued staff - and how you can help.