Chapter 2: Overcoming Stage Fright

Facing Your Fears

Most people with a fear of public speaking either want to avoid the experience altogether or find some way to become fearless. Well, experts say that may not be possible or even necessary. You don't have to eliminate fear to be a great public speaker; you just have to learn to manage it. One approach suggests you can deal with fear by accepting it, reframing it, and controlling it.

If you're fearful of public speaking, you need to address it—not ignore it. By accepting it, reframing it, and controlling it, you have three techniques that will help you use your fear to your advantage so your audience can still get the benefit of your message.

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