SURVEY SAYS: Comfort Making Presentations

I consider myself an introvert.

By Rebecca Moore | February 13, 2017
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Yet somehow, I am able to stand in front of hundreds of people at our conferences, moderating panels, without feeling nervous.

Last week, I asked NewsDash readers, “Do you consider yourself an introvert or extrovert, and how comfortable would you feel delivering a 15-minute speech to an audience of 200?”

Nearly eight in 10 responding readers (79.8%) consider themselves to be introverts, while 13.5% say they are extroverts and 6.7% say they are neither.

Nearly one-quarter (24.7%) indicated they would feel very uncomfortable delivering a 15-minute speech to an audience of 200, while 16.8% would feel somewhat uncomfortable. Nearly three in 10 (29.2%) said they would feel very comfortable, and 15.7% said they would feel somewhat comfortable. And, 13.5% said it would depend on the topic.

Comments by readers were very interesting. Several that consider themselves extroverts actually are nervous giving presentations and several introverts say they do well. Many agreed that “practice makes perfect” and knowing the subject matter well helps. And, I was reminded by many responses that being an introvert does not necessarily mean you are shy; it just means you have to step away from the energy drain of being around a lot of people. Editor’s Choice goes to the reader who said: Speaking in front of people—no problem. Put me in a 'networking event' with high top tables and people milling about—no thank you!” 

Thanks to everyone who participated in the survey!