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Even Brené Brown Gets Nervous With Public Speaking. Here Are Her 3 Tricks for Calming Nerves

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19.06.2019

Brené Brown is quite possibly the best public speaker I've ever seen.

I was fortunate enough to see her live last year, at a lecture series at USC. The host was thoughtful and had a series of interesting questions, but what really jumped out was how wise she actually is.

She knows what she's talking about, but she's not pushy about it. She's funny, but she doesn't try to be. She's self-deprecating, but in an endearing and believable way--not an attention-seeking way.

I learned a lot that day not only about her subject matter, but also about her. Her reflections on "accidentally" giving one of the most popular TED Talks of all time. Her insightful thoughts on depression. Her joy in celebrating her hometown Houston's victory in baseball, after the trauma of Hurricane Harvey.

You'd think that with all the public speaking Brown does, she wouldn't get nervous anymore--but that's not the case. In her new book, Dare to Lead, she says:

"People often ask me if I still get nervous when I speak in public. The answer is yes. I'm always nervous. Experience keeps me from being scared, but I'm still nervous."

Then she explains why. First, people are giving her their time, which is a precious resource, and, second, "speaking is vulnerable."

It is. It's a vulnerable act to stand up and be heard, no matter how confident you are about your........

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