CHAPTER 2

Preparation: The Foundation of Success

The human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops working until you stand up to speak in public.

—Sir George Jessel, 19th century British judge

We have probably all seen people freeze when they stand up to speak to an audience. Nerves, fear of failure, and simple panic overwhelm them. No one feels comfortable, least of all the person on their feet who sees their career, reputation, and prospects draining away before their very eyes.

How can we ensure that does not happen to us? One of the keys is preparation, preparation, and more preparation. Never underestimate the value of proper preparation when it comes to public speaking. Even what can appear to be the most spontaneous ...

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