Communicate: How do we deal with nerves from public speaking?

Being able to communicate effectively is apparently one of the most important life skills to learn. Communication is defined as transferring information to produce greater understanding. For example, in a 2016 LinkedIn survey conducted in the United States, communication topped the list of the most sought-after soft skills among employers.

But what happens when you have a mortal fear of public speaking?

Thanks to the following guests for participating:

Professor Paul McGee, who is one of the UK’s leading motivational speakers, seminar presenter, communication coach and bestselling author kindly spoke to me on his book How to Speak So People Really Listen:

Ravi Davda, CEO of Rockstar Marketing

English teacher Ellie Caudwell Casey, and the founder of

Here are some of the resources from the show:

Julian Treasure is a sound expert, who demonstrates some useful vocal exercises and shares tips on how to speak with empathy, he offers his vision for a sonorous world of listening and understanding.

Books looked at this week:

Paul McGee: How to Speak So People Really Listen: The Straight-Talking Guide to Communicating with Influence

Julian Treasure: How to be Heard: Secrets for Powerful Speaking and Listening

PS. I do not receive commission for reviewing books and talks.

Published by suswatibasu

Suswati Basu is a writer, journalist, producer and feminist activist residing in London. She has written for the Guardian, Huffington Post and the F-Word blogs, and has worked for various media outlets such as the BBC, Channel 4 and for ITV News/ITN. She currently works as a senior intelligence expert.

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