14 Mar 2016

Debrett's Ask the Expert: How Can I Get Over My Fear of Public Speaking?

Q: Help! I have risen to a senior position within my field, but every time I speak publicly I feel as nervous as a schoolboy. I don’t want my managers or colleagues to see how nervous I am, and I feel my fear is holding me back from progressing in my career. How can I get over my fear of public speaking?

A fear of public speaking is extremely common, and even those with considerable experience can fall prey to nerves when they have to deliver a presentation or pitch to an audience. Speaking in public is a requirement in many professions, however, and struggling with it – or avoiding it altogether – may inhibit career progression, meaning you lose out on sales and commissions or fail to communicate new ideas to colleagues.

Unfortunately, there is no easy way to banish public speaking anxiety entirely, but there are a number of steps you can take to help it become less of an ordeal.

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