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Don’t let fear of public speaking be a barrier to new opportunities

Making a presentation can be daunting but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Health coach Mandy Day-Calder offers advice on how to stay calm and focused when addressing an audience. 
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Making a presentation can be daunting but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Health coach Mandy Day-Calder offers advice on how to stay calm and focused when addressing an audience

Some years ago, while working on a busy haematology ward, I succeeded in an application for a specialist post in the voluntary sector.

Some of my more senior colleagues were put off applying as the job specification required 'excellent presentation skills’, and I had great empathy for these skilled nurses whose fear of public speaking acted as a barrier to new opportunities.

Scary prospect

The ability to address an audience is an essential skill in 21st century workplaces, especially the NHS, where nurses at all levels are expected to show leadership qualities. Yet for many nurses

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