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Nervous about a speech?

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Banish thoughts such as, “What will the audience think of me?” Rather than fret about whether you’ll get their approval, place yourself in their shoes and ask yourself, “What can I do for them?” This helps you focus on audience-centered priorities rather than stewing in self-centered worries about how you might make a mistake. Remember: Most listeners come to a presentation hoping to take away at least some tidbits of useable knowledge. They don’t care whether your mouth is dry or your suit isn’t perfectly coordinated they just want to leave without feeling like their time was wasted. Source: Wooing & Winning Business, by Spring Asher and Wicke Chambers, John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1997.

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