If it wasn’t for that fact that the statistics haven’t really changed, it would be something of a cliché to point out that when polled, most people list public speaking as their worst fear, even worse than death. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, as many as 74 percent of people feel that way. Basically, that means three out of four people, including so-called “extroverts,” would rather die than speak publicly. And yet, in the world we now live in, with the internet, smartphones, social media conference calls, and Skype, there has never been a time when developing skills in public communication could be more useful in our day-to-day lives.
Sure certain professions may enable people to hide from this fear indefinitely, but who really aspires that idea? Anybody who works in any kind of corporate environment understands that glossophobia is a fear the passes rather quickly. The office environment simply imposes public communication, at least in minor degrees on pretty much every employee. However, that doesn’t mean that everybody in those types of environments grows to master the art of public speaking, or business communication for the same reason that not everyone who learns the alphabet goes on to become great writers.