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I Might Be Good at the One Thing Everyone Else Hates

February 14, 2011

It’s often said that people fear public speaking more than they fear death.  And hence Jerry Seinfeld’s line about people preferring to be in the coffin at a funeral than delivering the eulogy.

Me?  I love public speaking.  I’ll take any chance to jump in front of people and present.  At work, at sports clubs, in training sessions.  Planned or impromptu I don’t mind (in fact I like impromtu the best because I kind of don’t like preparing…).

I joined Toastmasters when I was maybe 15, in the days before PowerPoint and projectors.  Toastmasters taught me to actual speak to groups of people, use how to use verbal and non-verbal language to get my message through.

I really do enjoy coming up with ideas for speaking to people, developing presentations, and the delivering them.  Sure, I get super nervous, but it’s one of the adrenline / challenging yourself things that I find very rewarding.

So I’ve just started reading a book called “Presentation Zen” by Garr Reynolds (  It’s a good read with lots of interesting concepts about how to improve presenting, and in particular how to improve the use of PowerPoint slide shows in presentations.

But most of all I’m finding great motivation from the book.  If so many people dislike public speaking / presenting, and so much of what we do see is so poorly done and boring, then it seems like I could find some success pursuing my passion in this area by doing it in a way people enjoy and really find value in.

From a business point of view, what better barrier to entry to prevent competition than peoples’ number one fear?

And what better competitive advantage to have than one you thoroughly enjoy?

So I’ve got my idea now – to combine three of my strengths (public speaking skills, creative mind for developing presentations, and a desire to help people become better leaders and team members), and see if I can find a way to make enough money to do this as my career, or at least make a big difference to those I’m lucky enough to stand in front of.  Stay tuned!

– Jamie

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 14, 2011 2:06 pm

    Hi Jamie. Best wishes pursuing your business idea. For several years I have been involved with some organisations that helped me pursue my similar goal (albeit teaching being about smart personal finance.)

    If you have not done so already, check out National Speakers Association of Australia ( and also Thought Leaders Global.

  2. August 17, 2011 10:13 am

    Thanks Matt! I hadn’t checked out those two sites yet, so appreciate the links. Liked your websites too – they look great!
    Hope business is good mate.

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