You were not yet feeling comfortable to make the speech you were asked to deliver. So you politely said no.
This is not the first time you had said no. You have been doing it all along. And the sad part is that every time you refused you also felt that you had just avoided one more opportunity to make a good impression.
In fact you always had good knowledge about the topics given to you, yet you couldn't develop the courage to say yes. Irony is that, though you would love to speak in public, you keep avoiding all the opportunities that come in your way.
Are you so preoccupied with your Fear of Public Speaking that you have forgotten to do some thing about it?
Avoidance is one of the most used weapon against incompetence. Is it right?
Well, there is nothing wrong in avoiding something you don't like provided the avoidance doesn't hurt you. At times the short term view is so compelling that the long term implications are completely ignored either by choice or by ignorance. Don't fall into trap...
Believe it or not fear of public speaking tops the lists of phobias in various surveys done around the world.
Do these statistics really matter. Just imagine, most people rate the fear of public speaking above the fear of death!
Yes, that exactly what it is for some people.
Reacting to one such survey result comedian Jerry Seinfeld got a big laugh and he joked "In other words, at a funeral, the average person would rather be in the casket than giving the eulogy."
In most cases it is easy to get over the fear by following the basic principles of good communications. However, in some cases the stress caused is so high that self help doesn't work effectively.
It is no secret that fear of public speaking is number one hurdle for your continued rapid growth towards the top positions in companies where you work , clubs where you are member, politics and numerous other professions.