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Richard Doyle, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Wellington Victoria University's 'The Atom'

Entrepreneurs and business owners - learn how to speak in public

Entrepreneur in Residence at Wellington University’s The Atom innovation space Richard Doyle says he strongly encourages fledgling business owners to improve their public speaking and presentations.


The 1980s co-founder of craft beer ‘The Harpoon Brewery’ in Boston was invited to New Zealand to share his knowledge and insights with founders.


Richard also contributed to a similar Canterbury University initiative.


“It’s important to be able to publicly speak, as one of the culminating parts of that Canterbury programme was to present in front of 400 notable people,” he says.


“It is equally important to be able to communicate your vision for your company and to be able to do that to a range of different people.”


He says a CEO/founder is constantly selling their vision to a lot of different constituencies. These include:

  • Investors
  • Employees
  • Business partners
  • Wholesalers
  • Retailers 

There are different cases where an owner will have to present in front of a group, one on one or one to a few people.


“You need to be able to distill your message in a few words so is it clear what you do,” he says.


“Sometimes when you’re in a larger organisation it is about communicating as well as hopefully inspiring.


“You can’t be afraid to do these things.


“An organisation wants to follow a leader, and you’ve got to be confident you can do that and tell people about it.”