Manner of Speaking

Four Lessons from the Mountain for Public Speakers

I am one of the co-founders of Presentation Guru, a digital magazine for public speaking professionalsThis post is part of a series designed to share the great content on Presentation Guru with the Manner of Speaking community.


A few weeks ago, my friend Timo Sorri came to Geneva for a visit. Timo is an expert in presentation design. You can learn more about what he does on his website. One day during his visit, Timo and I went for a long hike in the French Jura Mountains, just across the border from Switzerland and overlooking Lake Geneva.

We spent several hours in the mountains and covered lots of ground. The hike was physically challenging and eminently enjoyable. Different incidents along the way got me thinking about the parallels between our hike and public speaking. Specifically, it got me thinking about:

  • preparation;
  • dealing with the unexpected;
  • the impossibility of perfection; and
  • the importance of action.

You can read all about our experience in this post on Presentation Guru.

Timo and me. This photo was not taken on our hike; rather, it was taken the day before during a trip to the mountain village of Gruyères in the Swiss Canton of Fribourg.