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If the thought of speaking in front of a crowd makes you uneasy, you're not alone. According to a study by Chapman University, public speaking is the number one fear in America -- followed closely by heights and then by bugs, snakes, and other animals. (Strangely enough, Americans are more afraid of zombies than we are of clowns or ghosts ... but that's a blog post for another day.)

If you're anxious about public speaking, the worst thing you can do is nothing at all. There are ways to become a better public speaker, but like most rewarding things in life, they don't come easy. Becoming a good public speaker takes hard work and patience.

Thanks to the internet, there are plenty of resources out there to help you conquer your fear -- including the infographic below from the London Speaking Bureau. Check it out to learn what "kissing" has to do with preparing a speech, best practices for delivery, and strategies for making a lasting impact on your audience.


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Originally published Apr 5, 2015 8:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017


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