Public Speaking Fellowship

Learn how to deliver memorable talks and persuasive presentations

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September 15 to 18, 2022
Glossophobia is the fear of public speaking. Roughly 75% of the world suffers from this social phobia to some extent. The exact cause of glossophobia is hard to pinpoint but both genetic factors and traumatic experiences of one’s past can play a role. There is, however, a silver lining. Deliberate practice can help overcome glossophobia over a period of time. 

2020 plunged us in front of the video conferencing tools. We were learning, working and connecting online. There was no option but to get in front of the camera and start talking. While we spoke more, we communicated less. More importantly, communicated less effectively. Things are unlikely to go back to the way they were. In this new normal, it is time all of us adapt our communication styles.  

If there is one skill you should work on in 2022, it should be effective public speaking. If you are already good, try and get better. If you struggle, like roughly ~75% of the world’s population, it is time for deliberate practice. 

Public speaking is not something you can get good at by downloading an app. Just like you can’t learn driving by reading instruction manuals, you can’t become a good public speaker with a hands-off approach. You need to immerse yourself. 

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Warren Buffet and Public Speaking

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In the HBO documentary “Becoming Warren”, billionaire investor Warren Buffet says that the chains of habit are too light to be felt and too heavy to be broken. He used to be a terrible public speaker and it was inhibiting his professional life. Buffet realized that if he didn’t change his habit of keeping to himself and fix his glossophobia, he would never be able to reach his true potential. After seeing Dale Carnegie’s public speaking course in the local newspaper, Buffet enrolled in his cohort-based immersion program. Though not comfortable, he  stuck to Carnegie’s program. 
Craving comfort all the time is a recipe for disaster. Success in life comes down to the number of difficult conversations you are willing to have – with yourself and with the groups of people you work with. But to have thoughtful conversations that are difficult in nature, you need to learn to speak effectively, like Warren Buffet did. 

Buffet says that learning public speaking was the best investment he ever made. It turned out to be an asset that continues to pay dividends even today - 90 years and counting. Had he not taken corrective measures, his discomfort with public speaking would have been a huge liability. 

Should I learn to speak well because Warren Buffet said so?

You shouldn’t try and get better at public speaking because you want to prove a point to someone somewhere. FOMO-induced goal setting rarely works. To understand why, let’s explore the two components of motivation. 
  1. Extrinsic Motivation: Extrinsic motivation refers to behavior that is driven by external rewards such as fame, grades, and praise.
  2. Intrinsic Motivation: Intrinsic motivation is the act of doing something without any obvious external rewards. The pursuit is the pleasure and the reward. 

Intrinsic motivation matters for public speaking. Public speaking is a way for you to share your story and explore a deep connect with the world. You can’t be authentic if fame and praise are at the back of your mind. While practicing and delivering your talk/presentation, you need to “be here now”, as the spiritualist Ram Dass suggests in his best-selling book. 

The Utilitarian Trap

As you get better at public speaking, there will be heaps of tangible benefits along the way. You will-      
  • Get promoted faster
  • Hire better/ find better work opportunities
  • More people will come to you with new opportunities
  • You will negotiate better

This list goes on. You get the drift. However, this utilitarian way of looking at fundamental skills like public speaking misses the point of learning, especially learning in a way that lasts. 

The fellowship journey

The fellowship will require 8-12 hours of engagement very week for four weeks. Live sessions will be held on the weekends (typical at night IST); and weekdays will be for 1:1 mentoring and deliberate practise.
  • Setting your long-term vision
  • Nurturing clarity of thought & communication
  • Effective writing & thinking 
  • Building your tribe of mentors
  • Thinking in long-term & playing infinite games 
  • Building your personal brand 
  • Scaling yourself through communication

Capstone Project

At the end of the Fellowship, you will be ready to deliver a public talk (3-5 minutes). We will coach you, work on your drafts and help you put yourself out there. Remember you can’t get better hiding in a corner

Towards the end, we will share your talk (if you agree) with our 100,000+ strong community. 

Excited? Nervous? You should be both. We promise to make it worth your while and ensure you enjoy the ride.


The Fellowship starts on January 15 and goes on for 30 days. All classes and practice sessions will be in the evening/night so you can carry on with your regular work/study without any challenge.

Wrapping it up

The dividend on your public speaking investment will pay off for the rest of your career. Warren Buffett concluded advice to a bunch of business school students with this - 

"Right now, I would pay $100,000 for 10 percent of the future earnings of any of you, so if you're interested, see me after class."

"Now, you can improve your value by 50 percent just by learning communication skills--public speaking. If that's the case, see me after class and I'll pay you $150,000."

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Frequently asked questions

How many mentoring sessions will I get? Who will be my mentor?

We host Office Hours (1:1 mentoring sessions) daily from 6pm to 9pm (IST). As Network Capital a subscriber and fellow, you can book as many mentoring sessions as frequently as you want. 

These sessions are conducted by the faculty members of fellowship, distinguished leaders, and the Network Capital team. We will find the most suitable mentor based on your specific requirements.

What is included in the cohort experience? What can I expect in the fellowship?

The CEO Fellowship is a combination of live interactive sessions, 1:1 mentoring, self-paced projects and networking sessions. 

In terms of the structure, the live sessions are held on weekends (taking in account the various time-zones in which fellows stay); and the mentoring sessions, projects and networking sessions are spread across the week. 

How does the fellowship connect to the larger Network Capital experience? 

The Network Capital experience is a combination of community, content, and career intelligence and our fellowships are a high-touch amalgamation of these three Cs. 

All fellows, in addition to the fellowship resources, have complete access to all other Network Capital services and features. 

What happens when the fellowship is over?

The tangible outcomes at the end of the fellowship are that you walk away with personalised feedback and mentoring, a power network of fellows from your cohort, learnings from your project, and a certificate of completion. 

But the way in which Network Capital is designed, we ensure that your learning journey continues even after the fellowship. Post the fellowship you have access to fellowship reunions, future faculty sessions and networking events. You are also welcome to sign up for other bootcamps and fellowships and join in on Network Capital events. 
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