Overcoming your Fear of Public Speaking with Nick Gold
The challenges of public speaking, glossophobia (the fear of public speaking) and what it takes to become an in-demand thought leader and public speaker with the Managing Director of Speaker’s Corner, Nick Gold. His book is called [Speaking with Confidence](https://www.amazon.com/Speaking-Confidence-Penguin-Business-Experts-ebook/dp/B085RR6C9Y)
Nick starts by telling Graham how he got into the business of public speaking and the rise of TED talks and speakers.
> Everyone had their smartphones and people were watching the 17-minute speeches of TED speakers came to the realization that actually, thought leadership and people who can deliver an amazing experience, is the new rock and roll. It became quite a sexy thing to be discussing ideas and concepts from experience you’ve had listening to speakers.
Anxiety and nerves have always been a challenge for new and experienced public speakers. One of the key elements to overcoming this, according to Nick, is creating a routine that takes you away from overthinking those nerves.
> What you have to do is embrace those nerves and not feed them - to not feed that feeling inside of you.
Graham and Nick also talk about the “whys” of giving a speech and how important content is to deliver a speech that drives impact.
> I suppose my catchphrase is very much around its speaker understanding that they’re not the stars, the audience are the stars. And it’s that shift to understanding that the best speech - that kind of you could ever get, it’s not how you perceive the speech to be, it’s what people take when they leave that room.
Nick ends the conversation with valuable tips on how to make a presentation with slides better, work-life balance and the highs and lows of the business of public speaking amid the pandemic.
Grab a copy of Nick Gold’s book [Speaking with Confidence](https://www.amazon.com/Speaking-Confidence-Penguin-Business-Experts-ebook/dp/B085RR6C9Y) or get in touch with him by [sending him an e-mail.](mailto:email@example.com)
Graham Allcott is the founder of time management training company [Think Productive](www.thinkproductive.com).
This podcast is produced and edited by [Riz Paredes](https://www.linkedin.com/in/rizelleparedes04/) and is hosted on [Podiant](www.podiant.co).
Brought to you by Graham Allcott of Beyond Busy