Being a Good Public Speaker Takes Practice

“A man of extraordinary strength and intelligence may never be more than a failure in society if he doesn’t know how to speak in public,” noted the writer William Channing in the 19th century. Two centuries later, knowing how to speak in public is a skill increasingly valued in the workplace. The ability to change public perception through a persuasive presentation is considered one of the keys to success in any job. Still, when faced with having to speak in public, many managers panic. You may not be a born public speaker, but as IESE’s Brian O’Connor Leggett and Ricardo Velilla assure us in their new book, public speaking is, in fact, something one can learn, and they suggest some tips for successful presentations.

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