Public speaking

Dear Pud,

I’m due to give a presentation for a job interview. Its only 5 minutes but when I talk in front of groups, I lose confidence.

Any tips to overcome this?

22 years old
London, UK


Look your best, smile a lot, picture them as a group of friends, and do a shot of 80-proof liquor just beforehand.

Not kidding.


ps- here’s me speaking to the R&D group at Microsoft.

3 Responses to “Public speaking”

  1. 1 Voodooengine January 6, 2007 at 8:25 pm

    Did you have some liquor beforehand?

    Not kidding. 🙂

  2. 2 Public speaking courses January 8, 2007 at 8:08 pm


    A quick tip for public speaking at job interviews – just keep breathing, long slow deep breaths. It is amazing how much this will help reduce nervousness.

    I have other tips at my public speaking website

    Hope it helps.


    Darren Fleming
    Public Speaking coach

  3. 3 Le Renard January 11, 2007 at 12:37 pm

    same applies to performing on stage…

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