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Overcome Your Fear of Presenting
by Speaking Tips | July 12, 2004
Research has shown that more than 40% of people say their top fear was speaking in front of other people. According to one survey, fear of public speaking came before heights, death, illness and other common phobias. The following list of top ten fears is taken from the Book of Lists:
As a speaker, how do you deal with the fear? One of the best ways is to use a self-evaluation exercise to break down your fear into manageable components. It's simple to do and it really does work! Here is an easy exercise you can do if you, like so many others, have a fear of speaking.
Tell yourself exactly what you are afraid of.
Explain to yourself why you are afraid.
Tell yourself why you shouldn't be afraid.
Close with positive thoughts about yourself.
Understanding our fears is the first and most important step to conquering them.
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