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Chapter 2. Self-Confidence and the Ability to Laugh At Oneself

Chapter 2. Self-Confidence and the Ability to Laugh At Oneself

“I couldn’t be two-faced. If I had two faces, I wouldn’t wear this one.”

Abraham Lincoln

A very successful speaker recently gave the following advice to other speakers. He said: “Don’t be afraid to put some egg on your face early. By being able to laugh at yourself, you take yourself off the podium and put yourself onto the audience’s level.” Laughing at yourself need not be self-depreciation; it can be a very healthy acceptance of one’s own humanness. Learn to laugh at what you do, without laughing at who you are. Remember, it’s always easier to admit you made a mistake than to admit you are one.


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