Tips for Public Speaking: Because “imagine everyone is naked” is terrible advice

Whether you are a natural on stage or not, the thought of public speaking has always generated much angst, and subsequently has been a hot topic of discussion on “how best to”.

As leaders, whether you are reaching out to a wide audience group, or trying to hold a small audience captive, having a few public speaking tricks up your sleeve always helps.

Zach Holman, prominent developer for GitHub and now tech speaker, shares his insights on the topic with some really achievable tips, via his newly launched website,, which offers actionable tips on how to overcome your fear, as well as advice on preparing a great speech and keeping people interested when you’re delivering it.

Honestly, the website design is pretty polished as well!


Here are 3 other quick tips that Zach offers via an interview in to get you started.

These really work for me as quick reminders when I’m short on prep time:

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The importance of discomfort

As Seth Godin says in his book, Linchpin: Are You Indispensible, “Discomfort brings engagement and change. Discomfort means you’re doing something that others were unlikely to do, because they’re hiding out in the comfortable zone. When your uncomfortable actions lead to success, the organization rewards you and brings you back for more.”

In a way, the feeling of discomfort is how you know you are constantly pushing yourself, to do things differently, to want something better for yourself.

Although the thought of ‘discomfort’ certainly isn’t a compelling proposition.

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