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A Novice’s Guide to Speaking in Public: 10 Steps to Help You Succeed in Your Next Presentation... Without Years of Training! by Michael Faulkner

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Introduction

In ancient mythology the gods condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain only to have the rock roll back down due to its weight. This penalty was one in which effort and purpose are exerted toward accomplishing nothing. Sisyphus was doomed, but I saw the light. I spent nearly four decades pushing the rock uphill only to have it roll back down and having to repeat the process all over again. I am speaking of the attempt as a professor, consultant, and coach to turn unwilling students, clients, and workshop participants into excellent, top-notch public speakers. Then one day I had an epiphany and finally had to face reality.

It is simple. Most people hate the idea of standing up in front of other people ...

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