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How to Conquer an Introvert’s Fear and Loathing of Public Speaking

Or, how I learned to stop worrying and love the stage

Larry Cornett, Ph.D.
Jul 7, 2017 · 16 min read

Yes, I Said Love

Mastering public speaking was the best investment I ever made in my career.

Seventy percent of employed Americans who give presentations agree that presentation skills are critical to their success at work. (Forbes)

Conquering the Fear

Social Anxiety

“The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them.”
— Ralph Nichols

It helps to close your eyes. Or so I hear.

Fear of Failure

Deep Preparation


Avoid the Green Room




During Your Presentation

Your Speaking Persona

More Nervous Energy

“Wow, that is some snowstorm out there! I’m glad I was even able to make it here today. As a Californian, I’m afraid to leave my house without a parka and snow boots when the temperature drops below 60 degrees.”

The Spotlight

Friendly Fans

After Your Talk

Learn to Love Public Speaking

Larry Cornett, Ph.D.

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Career Advisor. I help ambitious people forge an Invincible Career® so that they get to call the shots in their work and life.