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Brilliant Presentation, 3rd Edition by Richard Hall

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Chapter 4 Fear – how to understand and control it

Controlling your nerves (and nearly everyone has nerves) is the biggest step you can make in being good at and enjoying presenting. To control them you must understand them and realise that nerves are normal. You must also realise that controlling them is an absolute must for anyone who aspires to being a brilliant presenter.

To many people the whole business of doing a presentation, or indeed any solo performance of anything in front of an audience, causes physical anguish so great that it is disabling.

The former chief of a major multinational told me that he’d cried himself to sleep following an inaugural speech he’d made at his new company, ...

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