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Designing the Conversation: Techniques for Successful Facilitation by Dan Willis, Brad Nunnally, Russ Unger

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Chapter 15. Conference Presentations

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According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.

— Jerry Seinfeld

Mike: Listen, do you mind if I offer you a suggestion?

Jan: Oh, I’ll take any advice I can get, Dad!

Mike: There’s a famous old story about a man who had to get up and speak in front of some very important people–and he was petrified.

Jan: I’m with him!

Mike: Yeah. A friend gave him some advice: “When you get in front of those VIPs, you picture ...

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