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201 GREAT IDEAS for Your SMALL BUSINESS, Third Edition by Jane Applegate

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GREAT 168 IDEA: Overcome a Fear of Public Speaking—Join Toastmasters

Most entrepreneurs are the company spokesperson, whether they like it or not. While public speaking can be terrifying, knowing how to make a clear, concise presentation can mean the difference between financial success and failure for many small firms.

If the thought of speaking in public makes you ill (it is considered the number-one fear by most people), consider joining a group that has helped more than three million people around the world overcome their fear of speaking during the past 75 years.

Toastmasters International was founded in 1924 by Ralph C. Smedley in the basement of the YMCA in Santa Ana, California. This respected organization teaches people to overcome a ...

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