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Whether your idea of success is working in perfect isolation or persuading crowds of thousands, it’s likely that you’ll need to talk in public every now and then. Are you comfortable with being center stage?

According to the Wall Street Journal, public speaking is the biggest fear among Americans—even death takes second place! It’s highly unlikely that we’ll get pelted with rotten tomatoes, even if we do mess up a speech—so what, exactly, are we so afraid of, and what can we do about it?

Fear of speaking

The fundamental fear is that people will reject us en masse—and rejection is literally painful. A 2013 study at the University of Michigan ...

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