CHAPTER 3

Self-Confidence and Mental Mastery

Eliminating the Fear of Public Speaking

Think positively and masterfully, with confidence and faith, and life becomes more secure, more fraught with action, richer in experience and achievement.

—EDDIE RICKENBACKER

Your goal when you speak is to stand up confidently: positive, relaxed, and feeling wonderful about yourself. Your ideal is to feel happy to be there, just as you would feel at a family Christmas party.

Here’s the question: How do you achieve this state of calmness, clarity, and confidence in front of any audience? This is what you will learn in this chapter.

First, realize that stage fright is normal and natural, even for professionals who have appeared on the stage thousands of times. ...

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