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Demystifying Public Speaking by Lara Callender Hogan

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Chapter 7. The Talk

WHILE I DOUBT you’re blazing through these pages the minute before you step into the spotlight, I hope this chapter can help reassure and prepare you for that moment. For me, that’s when the swell of nerves and butterflies and energy kicks in. No matter how many talks I’ve given, I still get that rush right before I start speaking.

In her excellent article on overcoming stage fright, designer and developer Emily Lewis writes:

Once I’m at the venue and attendees are starting to take their seats, my physical response often starts to override my “you are prepared” mantra. It is then that I try to shift focus away from me, because ...

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