Public speaking nerves
EVEN top executives get nervous about making presentations. A survey, by presentation company Prezi found more than 60 per cent of chief executives and business owners get stage fright when talking in front of an audience.
The main reasons why they get nervous are fear of embarrassing themselves (24 per cent of respondents), worrying they will bore people (28 per cent) and being asked a question they cannot answer (23 per cent).
Despite their concerns, 30 per cent of those surveyed said they don’t rehearse presentations.
Drew Banks, head of international at Prezi, said practice was critical, even for busy professionals.
“Every audience is different, (but) everyone hates an unprepared speaker and a boring presentation,” he said.