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Public Speaking: From Oration to Ovation with Eileen Smith Accountable Podcast with David Peters

Studies have shown that most people fear public speaking more than death. As Jerry Seinfeld once put it, “…that means the average person at a funeral would rather be in the casket than delivering the eulogy." But it doesn't have to be that way says Eileen Smith, a diplomat-turned-public-speaking-coach and the creator of the POWER Your Public Speaking QAS self-study course. Eileen joins David to discuss tried-and-true practical steps you can take to overcome your public speaking anxieties while also elevating your executive presence. EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS

  • How public speaking fits into the lives and careers of finance professionals (06:25)

  • Defining executive presence (11:44)

  • The biology of public speaking (21:28)

  • Developing a 'pre-game' ritual to calm one's nerves (27:50)

  • Establishing credibility (30:00)

Interested in learning more? Consider taking Eileen's public speaking course — with or without CPE credits. Need more information? You may contact Eileen at

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