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I've never given a speech before in my life -- and now I have to for work. How do I get through it?


Rehearse your speech out loud. Do that as many times as needed to be confident that you know it really well. When the day arrives, don’t read your speech to the audience, but do refer to it. Print it in oversize type and highlight key phrases or the first sentence of each paragraph.

Being nervous isn't a bad thing: Extra adrenaline and endorphins will actually improve your ability to focus. Assume the physical posture of confidence and your mind will follow. Picture giving the speech successfully from start to finish. And while you’re at it, go ahead and imagine yourself receiving a standing ovation.

About the Expert

Linda Pogue Linda Pogue is a public-speaking coach who’s been helping media professionals perfect their podium techniques for nearly two decades.

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