TRUTH 30. Have Confidence in Your Preparation

Everyone gets nervous before giving a presentation. Yes, even seasoned professionals with years of experience in public speaking say that they get just a bit nervous beforehand. But anxiety is a natural, normal response that you can learn to manage. I talk at greater length about managing anxiety and stage fright in Truths 32-35, but for now, focus on this principle: You'll perform better if you have confidence in your preparation.

If you thoroughly researched your topic, organized your material in a way that will make sense to the audience, and rehearsed your presentation carefully, you'll be fine. You simply need to trust the work you've done in preparation for the moment when you take the stage. ...

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