“I know they are watching me tremble and sweat!

“Can they see me shake?”

“I get so blotchy when I am nervous and I know that the audience can tell!”

I hear these questions and statements on a regular basis. Fear and anxiety before speaking publicly is nearly universal – it targets all of us, at different times and to varying degrees.

Most individuals experience some degree of anxiety and/or nervousness prior to presenting. Two of the greatest orators of the past two centuries, Sir Winston Churchill and President Abraham Lincoln, were both reported to have some degree of anxiety before speaking publicly.

So the next time you are about to present, do yourself a favor and take a deep breath and picture Sir Winston Churchill or Abraham Lincoln. Two of the greatest orates ever, both suffered from a fear of public speaking. Also, think about major Hollywood actors and actresses, many of whom also suffer from Glossophobia (the fear of public speaking).

You are not alone! Link to this page so you can return and utilize these tips weeks, days, hours and minutes before your next presentation. You will be glad that you did!

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