Even Warren Buffet Struggled Speaking in Public

Even Warren Buffet was terrified in his early days about speaking in front of an audience. But having mastered it was opening doors.

Buffett's tip: "Focus on learning how to write and speak clearly." He says in a video on LinkedIn: "The one easy way to become worth 50% more than you are now - at least - is to hone your communication skills, written and verbal.

"If you can't communicate it's like winking at a girl in the dark - nothing happens. You can have all the brainpower in the world, but you have to be able to transmit it," Buffet continues. "And the transmission is communication."

Buffet himself admitted "I was terrified of public speaking when I was in high school and college... I couldn't do it. I mean I would throw up and everything."

Buffet took public speaking classes to overcome the fear - and he made it, as we know.

Even in his yearly reports for investors, he speaks about errors and mistakes. It makes him human and authentic.

Richard Branson, who I met on Necker, his private Island, agrees that being able to communicate effectively is critical to success.

"Today, if you want to succeed as an entrepreneur, you also have to be a storyteller" Branson said in 2016 blog post.

"Of course, it is no use being a good storyteller if your product or idea is rubbish. But it is not enough to create a great product; You also have to work out how to let people know about it."

Richard Branson is posting on a regular base on social media where he uses the possibility to share his vision, experience and other on short videos.

"Storytelling is a great way to get your views across, highlight how you and your company are different to your competitors..." Branson says in a virgin blog

(Read more on LinkedIn, Virgin or CNBC)

Yet, even storytelling in a business context needs to be structured, clear and concise, leading to an emotional compelling as well as to a logical end. Seems complicated? It is not. There are rules, templates that you can learn how to use to make an impact.

Contact me and find out how to speak effectively. I will be a great journey together.

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