IMAGINE IT: standing alone, up on a stage, bright lights in your eyes, a sea (or even a minor lake) of faces turned toward you, waiting for you to speak.

Did that scenario send you into a panic?

Then this book is for you.

Did that scenario hold no particular terror, because you’re completely uninterested in being a public speaker?

Then this book is still for you.

Unless you’re planning on a lifetime of hermitism—and trust me when I say I understand the appeal—you’ll probably have to speak in public. Many times, even: presenting an idea to your team at work, giving a project overview to the top management, or trying to convince a group of colleagues to choose one course of action over another. Those count as public speaking, every bit ...

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