By Yvonne Thompson
As of January 2021 there were 4.66 billion active internet users worldwide - 59.5 percent of the global population. Of this total, 92.6 percent (4.32 billion) accessed the internet via mobile devices.
Less than 10 percent of the population loves public speaking. That group experiences no fear and get a huge buzz being in front of a large crowd.
Another 10 percent are genuinely terrified.
Those are the people who are physically debilitated by even the thought of public speaking. True glossophobics will go to great lengths to avoid speaking in a group situation, and will experience nausea, panic attacks and extreme anxiety.
The rest of us – roughly the 80 percent in the middle – get butterflies, get anxious, don’t sleep much the night before – but we know that we’re going to live through it. It’s just not much fun.
We have the fear of public speaking - Glossophobia
The fear of public speaking ranks amongst the most common phobias ahead of death, spiders, or heights, and can cause the most stress - ranked with moving house, marriage, childbirth. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that public speaking anxiety, or glossophobia, affects approximately 75% of the UK population, and goes up to approx 77%. The underlying fear is judgment or criticism by others.
Yet public speaking can be one of the most rewarding experiences someone can have, if done correctly. Sharing information, educating others, showing others a faster and smoother path to reaching their goals. Because you have been there and done that you can make the life of those being touched richer through enhancing knowledge and confidence.
In fact those who do not share their experience and knowledge may be robbing someone who is desperate to learn what they know. Saving time and getting a first-hand experience are commodities which are at the top of the value chain.
The online world of learning is now the fastest growing industry online.
With the age of online presence the public speaking industry, because you don't have to leave home, in America alone was said to be nearly $1.9 Billion dollars during COVID and is expected to rise upwards of "2.5 Billion within the next 2 to 3 years.
Even though those amount of money floating around in the industry sound enticing, it is floating within a very small circle. There is still a large percentage of speakers who lack the confidence, the ability, and the determination to get the voice inside their heads to come out and be shared with an audience hungry for information, inspiration and motivations.
Under representation within this field is as you might expect - are women and minorities.
So where are all the women, where are all the people of colour, why are they not coming forward, when their stories and what they have to offer would make the public speaking industry a more diverse, interesting and cultural space to be in.
Ladies here is an opportunity to stake your claim. The industry is looking for more diversity - and it's your time. Don't wait. There will never be a better time to access this market, when you can do most things from home, there are less gatekeepers, and less hurdles.
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