Steven Pressfield, the author of The War Of Art, one of my favorite books, once said:

“The amateur believes he must first overcome his fear; then he can do his work. The professional knows that fear can never be overcome.”

Since you’re a professional, you know what Pressfield knows: nothing conquers fear quite like taking action.

Acknowledge the fear, then set it aside and get to work.

This goes double for public speaking. Your audience wants to hear from you. Your duty is to speak to them. You will never stop feeling fear, so learn how to deliver your message anyway.

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About Matt Krause

Matt began his professional life as an import buyer, and since 2006 has been teaching companies how to connect with their investors and clients better. His clients work in Istanbul, London, and Madrid for companies like Allianz, 3M, P&G, Citibank, and Reckitt Benckiser. He also walked across Turkey and wrote a book about it.