For many people, making presentations is fraught with a fear of being judged (which, let’s face it, you are), concerns about being caught unprepared, and the risk of ruining your reputation. As British judge Sir George Jessel once remarked, “The human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops…until you stand up to speak in public.”

Regardless of whether you simply don’t like it or you totally loathe it, making presentations is rarely something you can opt out of if you want to have impact and influence, persuade and sell, and advance your career.

While you might not learn to like public speaking more, you should learn to get better at it. But that’s often easier said than done. Why? Because most of us face a significant barrier to improvement: we don’t get useful feedback.

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