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I have been reading all of your suggestions for sharpening your presentation
skills. Relaxation exercises and studying someone else's style are very
good suggestions. I would add another thing to the list:
Join a local club and get involved. Make speeches. Practice your presentation
on what I promise you will be a friendly audience. Your fellow members will
offer valuable advice on what is good about your presentation and what may need
a little work. They will teach you the use of gestures to dispell nerves.
They can show you how to pull your audience in and get them on your side
before you are one minute into the speech. Many people would rather face
possible death than speak before an audience. Lose this fear!