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Public speaking is often named as the single most common phobia. Indeed, something like 75% of all people name this as one of their top fears. At the same time, the need to present to a group is often an essential part of personal and work life. Over the past three decades, Jon Garcia has worked with hundreds of senior business and other leaders to improve their confidence and presentation skills. Jon’s talk will be focused on some practical advice on how to be more effective in presentations, regardless of the context. He will cover basics like, how to start or end a talk most effectively, using gestures and movement, good vocal habits, and tricks for gaining confidence.
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Mr. Garcia is a Senior Partner and member of the management committee at 26North, a New York-based investment company. He focuses on private equity investing and leads the firm’s Alpha Creation Team, which works with portfolio companies to improve their performance.
Previously, Mr. Garcia spent more than 25 years at the global management consulting firm McKinsey, where he served on several of the firm’s management committees, including its governing board.
From 1996-1998, Mr. Garcia served in the Clinton Administration, where he was instrumental in several initiatives relating to the U.S. telecommunications industry. He started his career as an attorney at the international law firm Paul, Weiss.
Mr. Garcia received his A.B. (Honors) from Georgetown University in three years. He holds an M.Sc. (Distinction) from the London School of Economics, where he was an American Friends of the LSE Scholar, and a J.D. (Honors) from Harvard Law School. He has been a visiting lecturer at the Tsinghua University School of Business (China’s leading business school) and at The Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University.
Jon and his wife Julie have two adult children. They support a range of philanthropic causes through the Garcia Family Spotlight Foundation, including creating educational opportunities for first-generation college students.