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Do you hate to give presentations?
Would you prefer the guillotine to running a PowerPoint from the front of a packed hotel suite?
Then Brett Tabke's got a blog post just for you, chock full of presentation tips, tricks, and other hassle-free suggestions of how to keep your colleagues, peers, and other various and sundry audience members awake during your pitch.
And somebody else likes 'em, for the post has been "Dugg" some 1,122 times.
I used to have a deathly fear of public speaking myself.
But over time, after watching folks like Lou Gerstner, John Patrick, Irving Wladawsky-Berger, and a host of others, I got over it (Gerstner's 1999 pitch to Internet World NY at the Javitts Center still gives me chills.)
Although I don't do much of it anymore (except for remote presentations and the odd face-to-face), I've gone from fearing public speaking to hating it to actually enjoying it.
But as with anything else worth learning to do well, practice is absolutely key.
That, and envisioning everyone in the room sitting there in their birthday suits.
Note to Universities Everywhere: Don't let those kids out of college without public speaking classes!
Period. End of sentence.
Somehow, I managed to get through college without taking such a class (although I did study theatre...though I would argue that cultivates a different kind of public speaking skill).
I would have been much better off, much earlier in my career, if I'd cultivated some of those skills in college.
The Net is this: If you can't present your ideas, they probably aren't very good.
Because if you can't communicate them well, it doesn't matter how good they are.