What’s one fear coursing through the veins of most people, even PR wunderkinds? Public speaking. You would think, at least in the PR industry, those fears are left at the door — but there it is.
How can some PR pros excel at their jobs without conquering public speaking? Well, they can be great relationship builders, phone pitchers and even masterful email writers — where they don’t have to speak much at all. But for business development, public speaking is critical. I’ve seen stage fright take hold in pitch meetings, and it’s not good for business. There are five tips I like to share to help people overcome a fear of public speaking, be it in a business pitch to five potential clients, or at a conference before an audience of 500 (click to tweet).