If it is true, as so often said, that people fear public speaking more than death itself, we might expect to see an unusual suicide rate among corporate executives. But that isn’t the case. So, why not?
I think companies like ours can take some credit. We work hard to ensure that presenters on stage appear comfortable and engaging, and are able to hold the audience’s attention for however long they speak. It’s critical to find time for rehearsal, reduce distractions and help focus the speaker on the task at hand. Then we can find the appropriate vocal tone, tempo and natural gestures that will make that speaker most effective.
Our ultimate promise to clients is this: we will never let you look like a fool in public. That’s not unlike the promise a theatrical director makes to his actors. The director’s task is to bring the production to life. Though audiences may question the play, or even the casting, they shouldn’t fault the performance.