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Chapter Seventeen. And So to Speak > A personal experience

A personal experience

Many, many years ago, as a young man recently discharged from the army and more recently married, I accepted a job as editor of a small-town weekly newspaper. It was inevitable that I would be asked to make a talk. My first invitation to speak came from a women's club. It was a small group that met in a private home. That was fortunate, because I was able to speak sitting down. I don't think I could have stood, I was so frightened. There was I, a college-educated former army officer, quaking in fear of a small group of very nice ladies who were eager to learn a little bit about the exceedingly complex job of editing a country newspaper.

It seems silly now . . . absurd, actually; but at the time it was serious. It was so serious that I took out a bank loan to finance the modest cost of taking the Dale Carnegie Course in a neighboring town. The course didn't make me a good public speaker, but it did help me overcome my unreasonable fear.


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