It appears that in-person meetings and sales calls are back post-pandemic.

And that means so is the dreaded fear of standing up in front of a group of people and presenting. Different types of social anxiety have been growing in number for years. But, post-pandemic, the increase is staggering, according to one business.

Stand Up and Speak

Doug Staneart, author of the Fearless Presentations public speaking class, said, “We spent over two years not having to interact with each other face-to-face. Now that most companies have returned to their offices, many of their team members are struggling to acclimate.”

He added the number of requests for public speaking training has increased almost 1000% in the last 12 months.

“During the pandemic, many people who felt this panic could just turn off their cameras. If you’re now in the same room, though, you don’t have that option,” Staneart said.

Others Agree

Kelsey Greenwood, a speaking coach, agreed: “You have to get your reps in to establish a comfort level in public speaking. Practice makes progress. And many speakers are just out of practice.

“I’ve been a speaker for over 20 years …  And even I was a little rusty when I delivered that first class after such a long layoff,” Greenwood said. “The good news is that with a little additional practice, your confidence will increase very quickly.”

Staneart said that for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, his company is offering public speaking classes again in all 30 cities where they offered classes before the COVID-19 shutdown.

Classes Being Taught

The company has been teaching classes in DallasAtlanta, and Pheonix for over two years. But now it as rescheduled classes in the cities that were slower to open back up like ChicagoNew YorkWashington DC, and San Francisco.

According to Greenwood, “There is no better way to reduce public speaking fear than with a presentation class. A class allows each participant to get practice in a controlled environment along with coaching from a presentation expert.”

Source: Fearless Presentations