002: How I Lost the Joy of Public Speaking

When creating and preparing for speaking engagements, my process is brief, but painful.

I suffer a lot during each “joy of birth,” but always follow the same formula: Open laptop, open PowerPoint, and think about what to say.

It’s fun for me to step on a stage and interact with the audience. I’m good at it, and people enjoy listening to me.

So, why isn’t preparing for talks and speaking as much fun as it used to bei?

Show Notes:

  • Peace vs. Wartime CEO: I know what to do in a crisis and what’s most important.
  • Self-belief and Confidence: I’m amazing on stage, but not perfect.
  • Lesson Learned: If I don’t act, things will go terribly wrong.
  • Make compromises, tap into creativity, and take on new topics.

Links and resources:

The Hard Thing About Hard Things Book by Ben Horowitz

Steli Efti on Twitter

Hiten Shah on Twitter


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