Some 40% of business professionals say public speaking is their biggest workplace fear, according to a recent report from Forward Role Recruitment.

The report was based on data from a survey of 750 professionals living and working in the United Kingdom.

A slightly higher percentage of female respondents cite public speaking as their top fear compared with men (41.7% vs 39.5%). Older workers are also more likely to say public speaking is their top workplace fear (44.4% of respondents age 35-44 say so, compared with 38.3% of respondents age 25-34).

Being interviewed is the second most mentioned professional fear (20% of respondents cite).

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Ayaz Nanji is a digital strategist and a co-founder of ICW Media, a marketing agency specializing in content and social media services for tech firms. He is also a research writer for MarketingProfs. He has worked for Google/YouTube, the Travel Channel, AOL, and the New York Times.

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