It's easy to assume that a good public speaker is a product of nature, not nurture, but that's not the case. Of course, there are those that relish standing before peers but they're definitely in the minority.
However, public speaking is a skill that can most definitely be taught, whatever the degree of trepidation. I strongly believe it's a necessary tool in your armoury and crucial for effective communication and shaping opinion - hence my involvement in setting up the new office of Spoken Word Communications in the UK.
My many years' experience and training has taught me key areas to focus on and help captivate an audience. We can all relate to seeing presenters struggling to hold our attention on the podium and yearning for the last slide to appear before we can exit and hit the espresso machine. The work I do with clients is to help build their confidence, present a compelling story and ensure this 'dash out at the end' scenario is one they never have to experience.