What I Learned By Being Super Scared Of Public Speaking


I still remember that day.

The other guy walked off the stage to thunderous applause. He was the undisputed king of comedy in these parts.

My knees were weak. Palms, sweaty. I stepped up on stage and looked at about 1000 eyes peering back at me intently in pin drop silence.

I took a deep breath and started talking. And then, in a blink, 7 minutes passed. And I walked off stage in cold sweat and fear.

An hour later, I was crowned the champion of my division in Toastmasters.

Those 7 minutes shaped my life and altered its trajectory.

In fact, I’ve found that most public speaking opportunities can have massive impact on the way we’re perceived – and consequently, the amount of power and influence we wield in our professional lives.

Today’s mindmap focuses on that important skill: Public speaking.

Biggest Career Mistake #3: Not Learning Public Speaking


  • You have a great idea, valuable input or a fantastic strategy
    • Unable to articulate it well
  • Other people, with much less substance than you, tend to get ahead
    • They just seem so good at describing what they’re thinking
  • Someone suddenly invites you to ‘say a few words’
    • You’re tongue-tied
    • Perhaps, embarrassed as well
  • You are put in front of an audience/presented with a ‘high visibility’ opportunity
    • You freeze
    • You make a joke of yourself


  • You’re not good at public speaking
    • Have not practiced
    • Do not have confidence
    • Do not know what to do
    • Do not know what works
    • Have not made mistakes before in a safe environment
    • Have not actually studied what to do


  • Learn the art of public speaking
    • Join Toastmasters
      • Online
      • Offline
    • Learn the ingredients of a good piece of communication
      • Humour
      • Data
      • Emotion
      • Message
      • Structure
      • Stories
      • Questions
      • Anecdotes
    • Learn how to use all the tools at your disposal
      • Vocal variety
      • Pacing
      • Pauses
      • Body language
      • Gestures
      • Facial expressions
      • Accents
    • Make videos
      • Use your phone
      • Turn on camera & start talking
        • Choose topics that you like
        • Choose topics that make sense for your at work


  • Get comfortable in front of an audience
    • On Ground
    • Online
    • On Stage
  • Be able to communicate your thoughts and ideas
    • Meetings
    • Presentations
    • Pitches
    • Standups
    • Project meetings
  • Be able to influence people at scale
    • Videos
    • Webinars
    • Talk shows
    • Presentations
    • Interviews

Your Turn

  • Join a Toastmasters club
    • Find them on www.toastmasters.org
  • Start making videos
    • Ideas
      • Professional Topic
      • Technology related to work
      • Hobby
      • Reviews
      • Interview others

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Arvindh Sundar

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