Managing Anxiety Successfully

Tight nerves and speaking anxiety are not unusual, even among experienced speakers, but excessive stage fright can lead to stage flight, sapping your confidence and preventing the real you from shining through (Figure 11-2). It's vital to know how to keep the butterflies at a manageable level, or, as one speaker put it, "to get them to fly in formation."

Figure 11-2. For many people, excessive anxiety impedes opportunity.

Apprehension stifles people in many situations. It can deter people from asking questions, making valuable input during discussions, assuming leadership in organizations, even showing up at events ...

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