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"If it's true that people fear public speaking more than even death, then you figure that at a funeral most people would prefer to be in the casket than delivering the eulogy."—Jerry Seinfeld

Public speaking isn't everyone's cup of tea—that's pretty obvious. But since I've always (except during an awkward adolescence) enjoyed giving presentations and figuring out how to make them more engaging and effective, I enjoy helping others with this work —helping people figure out "what they want to say and how to say it." Nothing's more gratifying than to see my students and clients develop new skill, confidence and pleasure with presentations as they try some new approaches.

My interest and work in this area took off during my days in the 70s and 80s as a city planner when I was expected to give (and had to watch others give) presentations to community groups or other government officials. I noticed how stiff and uncomfortable many of these speakers were in front of a group, while, paradoxically, many of them could be quite engaging in small one-on-one conversations.

Over the years I've worked with several other communication specialists, studied the subject academically, and developed a number of the materials and exercises I use today in teaching and private consulting. I use these with groups and individuals in a variety of industries and professions, including construction, architecture/engineering, finance, software, and the health sciences.

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