PodiumWise | Tips for advanced presentation skills

A forum I was reading included someone searching for a coach that could help with public speaking.

One of the responses disparaged the use of a coach saying that nothing would be learned that couldn’t be found in a book.  This individual went on to give his own advice for “getting comfortable in front of an audience.”  He was doing something very common: equating comfort with improvement as a speaker.

Being comfortable is not the same as being good.

I know great speakers who have never gotten over being nervous.  I know poor speakers who are “perfectly comfortable” in front of people.

Being comfortable is good.  It’s preferable to being nervous.  But it doesn’t prove good speaking skills.

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