Studies have shown that most people fear public speaking more than death. As Jerry Seinfeld once put it, “…that means the average person at a funeral would rather be in the casket than delivering the eulogy.”

But it doesn’t have to be that way says Eileen Smith, a diplomat-turned-public-speaking-coach and the creator of the POWER Your Public Speaking QAS self-study course.

Eileen joins David to discuss tried-and-true practical steps you can take to overcome your public speaking anxieties while also elevating your executive presence.


  • How public speaking fits into the lives and careers of finance professionals (06:25)
  • Defining executive presence (11:44)
  • The biology of public speaking (21:28)
  • Developing a ‘pre-game’ ritual to calm one’s nerves (27:50)
  • Establishing credibility (30:00)

Interested in learning more? Consider taking Eileen’s public speaking course — with or without CPE credits. Need more information? You may contact Eileen at