I had a lot of trouble finding the appropriate title for this article. It starts off with an embarrassing story about me getting my first denial at a City of Charleston's Board of Architectural Review (BAR) meeting.
That BAR denial was a tough night but I ended up learning some valuable lessons about public speaking. At the conclusion of this article you will find 7 helpful public speaking lessons I learned from my failed presentation. I am convinced that being good at public speaking is one of the most important traits for an architect. Especially for architects who design in urban settings.
Architecture is an act of will. It is not enough to just design good architecture. You have to will it to happen. And being able to present and sell your ideas is invaluable.
I hope you find this article useful!
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