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How to become a better, braver public speaker

By Rachel Feintzeig

17 Oct 2022 · 4 min read

Palms sweaty, heart racing, face flushed. You’re in front of a crowd at work again, and it’s terrifying.

Public speaking is our most common fear, according to psychology researchers, and things have only gotten weirder after years spent in the protective cocoon of Zoom. Facing just our monitors, and maybe an audience count ticking up in the corner, we read from our notes and became reliant on elaborate setups and crutches (filters, Post-its peeking over the screen).

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