Communications Insight For More Inspiring Leaders A Common Challenge

A Common Challenge

 17th Feb 2022
"I'm fine when speaking 1-to-1 or in small groups. But put me in front of a larger group and I get really nervous..." says my client.

A common challenge!

"Right now, how worried are you about what I think of you?" I ask.

"Not especially. But then this is a 1-to-1 conversation. Also, I want you to understand my situation. Hoping you can help..."

"So, while talking to me right now, you're focused on your business objective. Because that's more important than what I might think of you?"

"Well, I suppose so..."

"How many career hours have you spent in conversation or small group meetings, where your absolute focus has been on tackling business objectives?" I press.


"And how many hours in front of larger groups... where you've been similarly focused on business objectives, rather than worrying about what your audience might think of you?"


Be kind to yourself.

Focus matters and practice helps.

Time to go to work.

Speak soon...

#work #publicspeaking #presentationskills #leadership #communication #personaldevelopment #confidence #career

 Simon's masterclass on pitching and effective communication attracted over 60 MBA's and other post-graduate students from across Oxford during the exam period ... testament to how valuable people thought it was. I would recommend it to anyone, especially mid-career professionals, looking to enhance their ability to communicate their ideas with conviction.


Soushiant Zangenehpour | Manager, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Said Business School, University of Oxford

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