There’s a book that I can’t get out of my head and even though I’ve already read it, I plan to read it again. 

It’s called Pitch Perfect: How to Say It Right the First Time, Every Time by Bill McGowan and I read it on the plane on the way to an event where I would have to speak in front of an international audience. 

Although I’ve done some public speaking — I’ve pitched concepts and products, been on forums, taught classes — I’ve never enjoyed it. And I’ve never done anything that seemed quite as intimidating as this particular event. 

But McGowan shares seven tips that can be applied not just in giving speeches or pitching. These tips can also help you “say it right” in negotiations, interviews, and even personal conversations. 

I zipped through the book, followed the tips I remembered to prepare my slide deck and practise my talk. I went up on stage, delivered and when I was done felt, “Now, that wasn’t so bad.”

It felt exhilarating. And perhaps I could learn to enjoy public speaking after all. 

I briefly share the seven tips that McGowan presents in the latest episode of Ledes and after my re-read, plan to write a longer article about it. 

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