Overcoming the Fear of Cybersecurity Public Speaking

What To Do If You Want To Be A Public Speaker

Helen Patton
5 min readMay 10, 2024

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Public speaking is a valuable cybersecurity skill. But some people shy away from public speaking. Why is this, and what can be done to help people get started with public speaking activities?

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What’s Unique About Cybersecurity and Public Speaking?

It’s true that being able to speak publicly is a preferred general business skill, which benefits anyone in any industry. But for security professionals, the ability to verbally communicate to teach and persuade is particularly important.

Speaking skills are required for any security job. From CISOs to SOC analysts, security professionals present ideas, plans and solutions, persuading leaders and partners to be more secure. The ability to take a position, craft an argument, deliver that argument (or tell a story) with authority while being empathic to the position of the audience, and generating an intended reaction, are all part of the work of running a security task, project or program.

The work to prepare a presentation forces a person to learn a topic very well. This learning can then be used in the day-to-day work of the speaker, but also requires them to take the time to really think and talk…

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Helen Patton

Cyber Security, Technology Ethics, and Humanity. What else? I can be found at CISOHelen.com or on Twitter @CisoHelen or on Mastodon @cisohelen@infosec.exchange