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Presentation Skills: The Scariest Challenge

It doesn't have to be scary!

It doesn’t have to be scary!

What still tops the list of the “Top 10 Fears” of adults? Yes . . . you guessed it–speaking in front of a group.


People tell me that they begin feeling dread at the very thought of speaking in front of a group. Many of my clients describe symptoms such as:

  • Feeling nauseous
  • Shaking
  • Dry mouth
  • Forgetfulness
  • Voice cracking
  • Feeling faint

I assure clients that this fear is normal and extremely common.  Top celebrities have suffered this same fear and with hard work and practice have overcome this sometimes crippling fear.  To name just a few:  Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, Bruce Willis and Johnny Carson.  All admitted that they had to work hard but indeed overcame the obstacle.

What’s at stake?

A senior leader today is frequently required to make presentations to the board, to investment bankers, to shareholders, to the community as well as to their own employee population.  To be successful, the leader must present a strong presence.  The leader must exude confidence and tell a story that is convincing and logical.  The icing on the cake is when the leader makes the story inspiring and leads the audience to buy into the call to action.

Where to begin?

The fastest and surest way to make significant improvement is to work with a certified coach.  There are many other options such as taking a class, attending a seminar,  joining Toastmasters and reading about presentation skills.  These certainly can help.  In my experience, nothing works as well as intensive, ongoing one on one work with a skilled coach who focuses only on you.  Working together, the leader and coach design impactful presentations, practice dry runs and perfect delivery skills.

If you’re tired of battling the fear and giving just mediocre presentations, please contact me at 720-542-3324 or kathy@kathycooperman.com.


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