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Chapter 2. Stage Fright > Conquer Your Fear - Pg. 13

Stage Fright 13 · Write well.The better your speech, the more confident you'll be. The more confident you are, the less stage fright you'll feel. Take the time to write and rewrite your speech--it's time well spent. And once you know that you have a well-written speech, you'll stop worrying about stink- ing up the place. · Get feedback.Have people in your field read your speech and offer suggestions. Invite trusted colleagues, friends, and relatives to offer their comments. Then revise as needed. · Rehearse.As you'll learn in Chapter 29, "An Ounce of Prevention: Rehearsing," you've got to practice, practice, practice. I recommend that you practice one hour for every minute of your speech; the more you practice, the more relaxed you'll be. Naturally, the best kind of practice is actual public speaking--which means that the more speeches you do, the better you'll get. Conquer Your Fear Believe it or not, stage fright has its good points. Because people imagine public speaking as terribly difficult, you'll automatically be perceived as a powerful person. This means that as the speaker, you don't have to actually do anything: Just standing at the podium automatically confers a certain amount of fear in your audience. Class Act