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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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8. Step 8: Don’t Worry—The Worst You Can Imagine Will Never Happen

In the end, your speech or presentation will turn out okay. You will still do better than 90% of people in similar situations. Remember this: The vast majority of the people in your audience would rather be the person in the coffin than the person giving the eulogy. They can’t imagine themselves doing what you are doing. The result of this empathy is they are rooting for you to succeed. You will have a hometown crowd and all the benefits that entails.

Let’s examine your worries about what you think could go wrong. Research tells us that the things we worry about almost never occur. About 85% of the things people worry about never occur or, if they do, materialize at about 10% ...

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