Dawn Smith outlines how to overcome stage fright, engage your audience and make your presentations shine.
The New York Times famously reported in 1984 that speaking in public was most people's biggest fear, ranking higher than death.
Knowing that your nerves are getting in the way of a powerful performance can pile up the pressure even higher, so how do you break the vicious circle?
Of course, practising the real thing is the best way to boost confidence and improve performance: Our gurus are agreed on that. "There is no substitute for flying hours," says Khalid Aziz, chairman of executive training company The Aziz Corporation, and author of Presenting to Win. But until the hours have been built up, anxiety busting-tactics could be called for.