Dealing with Stage Fright

Do you panic when you think about getting in front of a bunch of people? Whether it's a conference speech, wedding toast, or sports competition, sweaty palms and shaky knees are commonplace. Here are a few practical tips for overcoming the anxiety associated with stage fright.

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