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.