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@introverts: how do you get over public speaking and leading client meetings?

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Just do the homework and know your stuff! Confidence comes naturally when you know you are not BSing.

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Fake it until you become it

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I get nervous speaking to anyone with high authority as well. A manager once advise me to pretend the other person is already my best friend, because friends are supposed to support you and not be intimidating. It actually works a lot of the time. This might be helpful with your client meetings.

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Prepare prepare practice practice. I'm extremely shy, however leading meetings I put on "an act". It really is like acting fore me. I'm usually drained afterward.

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Agreed within EY1, but there's also nothing better than practice! Anything is learnable if you do it enough times!

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Xanax

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If you pretend to be confident, then the confidence will come naturally

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Do it and do it well then go back to my space to recharge because it's super draining.

Try signing up for toastmasters on meetup.com, taking public speaking classes at a community college and if you have a ton of $$ just hire a coach. I have a mild stutter but I usually try and prepare a little before I speak/present.

Find your purpose to lead - to be a role model for your team, to persuade the client to take your recommendation, to solve a business problem, etc. Then you don't get caught up in it the presentation bit and focus on the mission or value of it for you.

@PwC2...finally taking my advice eh ;)

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