Aziz Corp survey reveals directors fear of speeches

The majority of UK directors live in fear of public speaking,

according to a survey published this week.

Eighty-four per cent of company directors worry about speaking in

public, in contrast to the 88 per cent who expressed a belief that

communications and presentation skills are vital to a successful


The Aziz Management Communications Index 2001 is the Aziz Corporation's

fifth annual survey into corporate communications. It used a sample of

107 medium-sized businesses with turnovers of between pounds 5m and

pounds 10m.

Aziz Corporation chairman Khalid Aziz said: 'Despite the fact that more

and more spoken communication is going on, the fear factor is higher

than last year.'

The survey revealed 89 per cent of directors have to present to

employees, 64 per cent to the board, 58 per cent to clients or

prospective clients and 17 per cent must present to shareholders at

least once a year.

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