Chapter 32. All Speakers Get Nervous

When people stand up to speak in front of others, they are inevitably nervous. Some just a little; others a lot. Even skilled professionals who conduct dozens of presentations a year will admit to being at least a little anxious before a speech. Nervousness is a perfectly normal reaction to a stressful situation.

So, why do people see a presentation as stressful? What’s stressful about talking to a few people about a subject you know and like? First, it may not be just a few people. The audience may be large and include people you don’t know well. Second, the subject may not be one you know or like. You may speak on a topic that was assigned to you by a supervisor and address a group of people you’ve just met. ...

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