Chapter 5

Delivering Powerful Presentations

It was time to give the annual report to the board and shareholders. Suzanne, the vice president of finance, was shaking and sweating. The rolls of nausea began before she moved up to the podium. With clammy hands and short breaths, she went through her PowerPoint slides, breathing an audible sigh of relief when the 20 minutes were up. Though she had prepared a great report, her delivery was weak. After the presentation, it took hours for her to regain her composure.

Four years later, a new audience waited for Suzanne to speak. After the audio-visual team adjusted her mike, Suzanne stepped out from behind the lectern, smiling at members of the audience as they filed in. The debilitating nervousness ...

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