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Speaking with Confidence Chapter 2
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Nervousness is Normal Some studies indicate that approximately eighty percent of the population feels anxious about public speaking. In one study, public speaking was rated as the number one fear, while death was ranked number six. The goal is not to eliminate anxiety completely, but to use it to your advantage when you are speaking.
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Your Physiological Response When you are nervous while getting ready to go up to give a speech, your brain sends certain signals to the body. You have an increased breathing rate, more adrenaline pumping, and increased blood flow. It’s possible also to have a more rapid heartbeat, shaking hands and knees, a quivering voice , increased perspiration, and “butterflies” in your stomach. All of these responses are supposed to be helpful, but can cause discomfort that negatively affects your performance.
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Research has found people report many reasons that they get nervous about public speaking There is evidence that there may be a genetic or biological basis for public speaking anxiety. This does not mean that you are doomed to
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