Learn this one skill to leapfrog your career
Am I good enough to do this?
What if I mess up?
What will they think of me?
Are they judging me?
Can I really do this?
Questions like these can shut your brain down the moment you are faced with the prospect of speaking in public.
Are you afraid?
You should be.
After all, statistics says that an average person fears public speaking even more so than death. This means, as Jerry Seinfeld was so kind to point out, “to the average person if you have to be at a funeral, you would rather be in the casket than doing the eulogy.”
So it should come as no surprise that someone who can step outside of his or her comfort zone to speak in public is trusted and respected by those around him/her, and thus, gets more opportunities to grow and achieve success in life. Because, after all, they can do something the majority of us can’t.
Think about it: if we’d rather be dead than be up on a stage addressing a crowd, anyone brave enough to step up and speak will be seen as a hero, a leader. Someone who isn’t afraid of a challenge. Someone worthy of respect and admiration. Someone who is brave enough to do something we can’t.
So it behooves us to learn and cultivate this skill whether we work in public relations, marketing or data entry. And the good news is that it’s learnable. Because no one — and I mean no one — is born a good speaker. They become one through hard work, patience and practice.