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How to overcome the 10 most common public speaking fears

Jesus may have nailed his Sermon on the Mount but, sadly, not all of us are blessed with such natural talent for public speaking.

But sooner or later we all have to step up to the oche and attempt to deliver a captivating oration, holding hundreds, or even thousands, rapt with our words of wisdom. To some it comes naturally, for others, there's this excellent guide, put together by The London Speaker Bureau (who presumably know a thing or two about this sort of thing).

It's heartening to discover that there were also famous figures who similarly struggled but managed to overcome their issues; contained within are ten of the most common issues, together with tips for mastering them.

And, if in doubt, simply consult the greatest speech of all-time, and just replicate that.

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