Public speaking is one of the most valuable skills you can have. However, most people lack strong public speaking skills or are too afraid to try. This fear limits you in your career specifically and in life more generally. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

In this webinar, held September 15, 2020, communication specialist and public speaking teacher Kevin Elliott provided an overview of:

  • Why you (and everyone else) are afraid of public speaking
  • Some common mistakes made by even big-time public speakers
  • Three practical tips that will improve your public speaking instantly

Webinar Recording

Webinar Instructor

Kevin Elliott is a senior marketing specialist at Applied Research Associates. He is a seasoned public speaker with more than 20 years of experience. Kevin presents at meetings and conferences across the country and teaches public speaking at Florida State University. He also writes strategic communication plans and manages creative outreach projects for clients including the Federal Highway Administration, the Florida Department of Transportation, and the South Dakota Department of Transportation. He lives in Panama City, Florida, with his wife, daughter, and 15 chickens.

More Information

With questions, please contact Katherine Stanley at or 612-626-1023.


This webinar is presented by the Minnesota Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) at the Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota. Minnesota LTAP is sponsored by the Minnesota Local Road Research Board (LRRB) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). This course is subsidized through funding from LRRB and FHWA.