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
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.