If you fear public speaking or presenting in front of an audience, you are not alone. In fact 74% of people suffer from speech anxiety, or public speaking. So when it comes to dealing with this fear, you are not alone. For ¾ of individuals, nothing is scarier than standing up in front of a group of peers and supervisors and delivering a business presentation. Even if you’re merely educating your company on something informational, it can be just as scary as presenting on a topic that is essential to the success of the company.
Some individuals are naturally outgoing. Others, however, truly struggle with “putting themselves out there”, so to speak. For many individuals, particularly those in the business world, nothing is scarier than the scenario that involves standing up in front of a group of peers or superiors and making a presentation, whether it’s merely an information speech or one that’s essential to the company’s wellbeing.
No matter if giving a five-minute presentation to their department heads or a 30-minute speech in front of an audience of 200, people often make the No. 1 biggest mistake. They believe they don't need to prepare for the talk, says Arjun Buxi, an expert in leadership training and public speaking communication techniques.
Buxi teaches Communication at San Jose State University and has taken that knowledge to corporate America where he works as an Executive Coach. He provides leadership training, communication skills and entrepreneurial advice. He owns a company called Culture of Speak.
“When people are asked to speak, they often say 'I will wing it because I know this stuff.' This is the wrong approach,” Buxi said during our interview. “This mistake leads to them rambling on the podium, using a lot of filler words, and getting no impact from their talk. The audience doesn't listen or care.”