Most people fear public speaking more than anything else (even death). As Mark Twain once said, “There are two types of speakers in this world: those that are nervous and those that are liars.”
Still, the ability to speak well in front of a group is worthwhile skill to develop – especially if you’re an entrepreneur. Among other things, it can help you:
If you’re an older entrepreneur, you may be especially good at public speaking for a couple of reasons:
One, you have more stories to share. Audiences love interesting and/or entertaining anecdotes that illustrate key points. The longer you’ve been around, the more experiences you’ve accrued.
And two, you may have more tolerance for the unexpected. Whether it’s a missing handout or a typo on a PowerPoint slide, something will go wrong during a presentation. Forty-and-older people tend not to get as rattled by these things. They just go with the flow.
So where can you go for practice? Here are a few places to check out:
Maybe no one has asked you to speak in front of a large group yet. But chances are that you’ll receive an invitation one day.
When it happens, swallow your fear. And say yes.