Public speaking: how nurses can excel at presentations

Cast off your fears and learn how to become a more confident speaker – a skill that nurses are increasingly required to demonstrate during their career

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Public speaking strikes fear into the hearts of many – it’s regularly reported as one of the most common phobias – but is an increasingly important skill for many nurses.

The good news is that there are many ways to become a better and more confident public speaker, even in the face of anxiety.

The latest episode of the Nursing Standard podcast explores how nursing staff can hone their speaking skills. It considers the importance of preparation – from understanding an audience, to getting slides right, to practising words out loud in advance – as well as sharing tips for the day itself.

Our guest, independent consultant Paul Trevatt, qualified as a nurse in 1993 and has over 20 years’ experience of presenting at conferences and events. He tells health journalist and podcast host Claire Read that nurses should see speaking opportunities as a chance to improve patient care. Keeping that in mind can, he says, help make any nerves feel worthwhile enduring.

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