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Key Learnings for Taking the First Steps in Overcoming Your Fear

Do:

  • Recognize that your fear of speaking is natural. You are not weird, you are normal.

  • Admit to yourself that avoiding the speaker’s platform diminishes you. You can’t stand out in a competitive environment if you won’t stand up and speak.

  • Ask yourself, “What is the right thing to do?” Then take action and put the fear of speaking behind you.

Don’t:

  • “Put off till tomorrow.” Take action today.

  • Take solace in the thought that you are an introvert or a “behind-the-scenes person.” That has nothing to do with being able to speak.

  • Try to get out of it when the opportunity to speak presents itself.


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