Question: “No matter what I do, I still can’t shake the butterflies before I have to give speech. I regularly refuse requests to present at meetings, which I’m sure is hurting my career. What should I do to control my nerves?” – Ashley, Calgary AB
Answer: Over the years, I have met people who had so much anxiety over public speaking that they chose not to speak at conferences, didn’t apply for certain jobs, or dropped out of classes or academic programs because it required that they give presentations. Certainly, public speaking is not always easy. However, it can also be exceptionally rewarding if you open yourself up to the opportunities that it presents to you.
Don’t let a fear of public speaking hold you back from your full professional and personal potential. Take a public speaking course, join a Toastmasters
group, and learn what you need to do to get more comfortable in front of an audience. You won’t regret it.