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Give Your Speech, Change the World: How To Move Your Audience to Action by Nick Morgan

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CHAPTER 13
Conquer Your Fear

SO HOW DO YOU FEEL? ARE YOU starting to get edgy? If you’re a little nervous, that’s good. You need the adrenaline that’s causing that sensation to give you the energy and charisma to give a good speech. If you’re terrified, that’s not so good. It may be time to address a few remarks not only to the nervous, which is just about everybody, but also to the very, very nervous—a much smaller category.

I once sat on the red-eye from Los Angeles back to New York with a gentleman—Chuck—who asked me what I did. When I explained that I was a speech coach, he immediately started twitching in his seat. Literally twitching—hands and feet going in all directions, as if he had developed a sudden, inexplicable whole-body itch. ...

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