By Joe Apfelbaum, EO New York member and CEO of Ajax Union
Nothing is worse than standing in front of a group of your professional peers and not feeling confident, even though you’re an expert in your subject. Well, maybe one thing is worse — the sound of someone snoring during your first public-speaking event!
When Google approached me to lead seminars on their behalf, I happily agreed to become the only certified Google Trainer in New York City, New York, USA, because I would be teaching the masses what I was already teaching successful business owners and entrepreneurs one on one. During my first Google seminar, I visibly recall using the word “basically” one too many times, and pacing in front of my audience. People still loved my passion and my knowledge, but I cringed thinking about the next time that I’d have to do this. I was exhausted from anxiety and overwhelmed by dread. (more…)