Presentation tip 1: Let go of perfection

If you’d like to be good at something, the first thing to go out the window is the notion of perfection. Every time is I get up to the front of the room, I know I will make mistakes.

I so agree. I get so annoyed by courses, books and  articles that claim to help you deliver the perfect presentation. Not only is there no such thing, that type of thinking will sabotage your efforts to deliver a competent, effective and engaging presentation.

Presentation tip 2: It’s normal to be nervous

For years I was in denial about my public speaking fears. After seeing me speak, when people asked whether I get nervous, I always did the stupid machismo thing. I’d smirk, as if to say, “Who me? Only mere mortals get nervous”. At some level, I’d always known my answer was bullshit.

Scott goes onto cite 17  politicians, performers and other famous people who suffer or suffered from stage fright (the past tense is not because they got over it, but because they’re dead).

I love it that a professional speaker admits to fear of public speaking. One of the steps to overcoming the fear of public speaking, is to realise that it’s a normal and near-universal human reaction. Scott quotes Mark Twain:

“There are two types of speakers: those that are nervous and those that are liars.”

Presentation tip 3: Practice, practice, practice… as much as you need to

I stand up at my desk, imagine an audience around me, and present exactly as it were the real thing. If I plan to do something in the presentation, I practice it…I repeat this process until I can get through the entire talk without making major mistakes.

If a professional speaker with hours of speaking experience under his belt, practices, so should you. Note however that Scott doesn’t practice a predetermined number of times – he practices until he can do the talk without major mistakes. That’s a sensible guideline. I was listening to an interview with Alan Weiss about professional speaking. He cited a well-known speaker (though he didn’t name him) who had been giving approximately the same speech for 40 years and claimed to rehearse for 2 hours before every engagement. Alan quipped: “That’s not rehearsal, that’s a learning disability!”

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From his success on the sales floor of an automotive dealership  to becoming a veteran trainer and then the adoption of technology for Internet-based marketing, his career has evolved to deliver the skills and tools needed to help consumers. Richie Bello combined his automotive expertise with his robust desire to “take care of the customer first” to become an automotive influencer, published author, and renowned trainer.  Bello absorbed the wants and needs of consumers as he worked up the ladder of the automotive industry.

Over the thirty-five years of his career, he developed strong Internet marketing skills, leading him to developing software solutions that create ease for consumers, and helps dealers improve relationships with customers. Innovation drives success. And, for Bello, it’s in his DNA. took years to come to consumers and arrived in a timely manner, during the 2020 Pandemic. With over 6 million vehicles on the site, features that help consumers deliver, finance and warranty, Bello has met the retail digital age head on.

Bello also is founder of Richie Bello Institute of Leadership and Management, a 501C3 not for profit, dedicated to the recruitment, education and employment of veterans into the automotive industry. Visit


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