How to prepare for public speaking

Harlyn Hannah
Management Matters
Published in
5 min readJun 9, 2024

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You don’t have to have a panic attack

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They say that there are two things that people are most afraid of, death and public speaking. Most people actually dread public speaking more than death.

I understand this deeply.

Although I am chatty one on one on, in my past any type of speaking in front of groups terrified me and gave me some serious heart palpitations. In my various jobs I wasn’t required to do much or really any public speaking or presentations.

Until the day I got a promotion and suddenly found out that part of the job involved giving presentations. This would be to small groups, large groups, internal and external audiences.

Ugh!

I seriously considered rescinding acceptance of the job offer and going back to my behind the scenes work. I mulled it over for awhile. But then I thought about the additional money and the stepping stone to future promotions I would be giving up. I decided I would have to bite the bullet. Time to figure out how to do this! Without having a panic attack and passing out in front of the audience, that is !

My first speaking engagement, despite much preparation of the topic I was presenting, did not go all that well. And that is an understatement. My hands were shaky, my voice a bit rattly, and I…

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Harlyn Hannah
Management Matters

Single mom of 2 and Operations Manager by day looking to manifest the happily ever after 🥰. In a world where you can choose to be anything choose to be kind