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Conquer stage fright

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To curb anxiety when speaking in front of an audience:

  • Be fully prepared. Most fear comes from uncertainty. Know your material fully before you step to the lectern.
  • Focus on your first five minutes. It’s rare that speakers freeze up mid-way through a speech. By then, they settle in and are comfortable with their presentations.
  • Breathe deeply and slowly to relax yourself before speaking.
  • Lighten the mood. Tell a joke or a humorous story.

— Adapted from “The Best Practical Tips for Overcoming Stage Fright,” Chris Widener, www.madeforsuccess.com.

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