I was in NYC last week for the APA (American Psychiatric Association) annual meeting. If you’re not familiar, it’s one of the largest – if not the largest – psychiatric conferences in the world. 

I used to attend these as a university and medical student with my father, who’s a now-retired psychiatrist. As a student, it was exciting to experience the variety of topics and speakers at APA. 

Now, I’ve had the honour of speaking at the conference!

I presented two talks this year – one on how psychiatrists can ethically use social media, and a second on intergenerational trauma in South Asians.   

Never did I imagine myself presenting at a large conference like APA. In fact, I avoided public speaking for most of my life because of an intense phobia of public speaking.

While public speaking is still anxiety-provoking, I’ve been doing a lot more of it over the past few years and it’s not as terrifying as it used to be.

Here are 3 things I’ve learned: 

1️⃣ It does get easier – and less nerve-wracking – with time 

2️⃣ It’s a skill that anyone can learn…as long as you’re willing to try 

3️⃣ Most people want to learn and are genuinely interested in what you have to say

In this YouTube episode, I’m sharing my personal experiences with public speaking anxiety and what helps me overcome it. 

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I’m sharing:

‣  My personal experiences with public speaking anxiety 

‣  Why you can – and should – overcome public speaking anxiety even if you’re terrified

‣  My 7 tips for public speaking

Click here to watch the video.