Chapter 5. Practicing And Gathering Feedback

THE ACT OF GETTING ONSTAGE and speaking on a topic introduces a tremendous amount of vulnerability. Day to day, we navigate mistakes and correct them in front of a very small audience—we rarely spend so much time preparing work with only one shot to nail the delivery of that work.

A large percentage of survey respondents shared fears about being or appearing inarticulate; one worried about “talking too fast and sounding unprepared (even when I’m super prepared).” And many people were concerned about being wrong:

  • “Discovering mid-talk I know less about the topic than everyone in the audience does.” ...

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