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From Behind the Desk to the Front of the Stage by David Worsfold

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CHAPTER 3

Learning to Relax

I do some form of breathing exercises during a pressure situation. It definitely helps. Every time, before I hit a key shot, I take a deep breath and cleanse the mind.

—Paul Azinger, American golfer

Nerves are inevitable: they are part and parcel of giving a live performance. There is very little we can do to stop the butterflies: there is a lot we can do to get them flying in formation to help us do a great job. What we must aim to do is to harness that nervous energy and turn it from a negative into a positive force to help you project yourself and your message more effectively when you are up on that stage.

You will naturally be nervous before a speech, but do not run away from those nerves. The best performers ...

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