I’ve never been a great public speaker and it has always bothered me. In the limited times I’ve had an opportunity to talk to an audience in the past, I have felt very nervous and only extensive preparation has given me the ability to actually finish the talk. Even in those cases, I have mostly presented to an audience in a professional context and an audience that I am very familiar with. Nevertheless, I remain in awe of public speakers who can deliver powerful speeches with seemingly limited preparation.
I participated in the DC Startup Weekend on Social Impact at ImpactHub organized by UP in Washington DC from June 12-14. It was my second Startup Weekend and here are the 5 lessons that I learnt from the whole experience.