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101 Ways to Captivate a Business Audience by Sue Gaulke

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Chapter 5

Control Nervousness: The Star Wars Theory

“I feel like a brainless, perspiring, quivering weakling who’s on the verge of throwing up. That’s how I feel before giving a presentation.” Those are the words of a vice president of a very successful Fortune 500 company. Somewhere between the fun of “show-and-tell” in kindergarten and the “tell-and-sell” of corporate America, businesspeople have learned to despise speaking before a group. In this chapter, we’ll look at ways to tackle “presentation panic.”

42. Never Say “Nervous”

43. Think Positive Thoughts

44. Behave Like a Duck

45. Soothe Your Symptoms

46. Relax

47. Prepare! Prepare! Prepare!

48. Focus on the Audience—Not on Yourself

49. Don’t Panic

50. Eat Like an Athlete

51. Exercise

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