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September 8, 2015

Americas: What to Do When Your Execs Are Terrible Public Speakers

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By David Ahearn, Co-founder, Four Day Weekend Comedy

You have seen it hundreds of times. An executive you have been working with to deliver the perfect speech walks onto the stage only to panic and stare directly at the confidence monitor or teleprompter and give a laborious, sweat-drenched, and uninspiring speech on the goals for the company’s upcoming quarter or year. As the audience shifts nervously in their seats praying for an end to the pain, you as the meeting planner are left searching for a few words of encouragement that you can impart after said executive walks backstage looking like he just returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. 

“You did great,” you lie. 

The truth of the matter is, public speaking is one of the most terrifying experiences that most people ever go through. Some people would rather die than speak in public, and no matter how outwardly confident an executive seems at the outset of a speech there is no mistaking the “deer in the headlights” look as they walk the proverbial Green Mile to their impending death at the lectern. 

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