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Hale Dwoskin, founder of The Sedona Method: Your Key to Lasting Happiness, Success, Peace and Emotional Well-Being and a featured teacher in the #1 blockbuster bestselling book and movie, The Secret, is now offering tips to overcome the fear of Public Speaking.

Speaking in public is easily one of the most common fears facing Americans. A bit of anxiety before getting up in front of an audience is quite natural, but about 30 percent of people have a real, sometimes debilitating fear of public speaking.

Those who experience feelings of dread, uncontrollable anxiety or fear ... or if they sweat heavily, have trouble breathing, shake or cannot sleep whenever they have to give a public speech ... may be in this latter category.

Why is it that public speaking invokes such feelings of terror in so many people? Quite simply, because it means being vulnerable.

"Public speaking is akin to opening your heart and soul to a roomful of people," says Hale Dwoskin. "True, you're not about to share you innermost secrets and desires, but it doesn't matter. You are about to put yourself on the line, share ideas, information and opinions, and there's a chance that those you're speaking to may not approve."

"Perhaps they will disagree, laugh when they're not supposed to, or be utterly bored," Hale continues. "Perhaps your job and reputation are at stake. Clearly, these are not easy things to open yourself up to."

Meanwhile, in those with a true phobia, they are not only dealing with the feelings of vulnerability, but also the physical manifestations of them, such as a trembling voice, shortness of breath, butterflies in the stomach, and on and on. It's enough to make even the most successful want to turn and head for the hills.

But there is good news. Whether it be a weekly presentation to clients, leading the neighborhood book club or giving a speech at a best friend's wedding, people don't have to miss another opportunity because of this fear.

Being able to express your ideas effectively is vital to your personal success and happiness, and everyone can learn to be a confident speaker -- even if you currently loathe the thought of public speaking.

How? By letting the fear go. This simple premise is the foundation of the Sedona Method, a scientifically proven tool that can show you how to let go of all forms of fear, including the fear of public speaking.

And right now, Hale is offering everyone a FREE Insiders Guide to The Sedona Method email course sampler to experience this remarkable "tool" by inputting just their name and email.

Underlying public speaking fear are negative emotions, thoughts and behaviors. Perhaps there is worry that if the presentation doesn't go well it could result in job loss or humiliation with colleagues, for instance. But imagine how differently the perception of public speaking would be with absolutely nothing to worry about.

The following seven other tips can be used along with the Sedona Method to ensure the next public speech is easy, pleasant and stress-free:

  • Take deep breaths before, during and after the speech.
  • Find someone in the audience who is smiling and focus on them (not those who look crabby or bored).
  • Use personal stories and be yourself (it's more interesting for the audience and for you).
  • Remember that most people in the audience want you to succeed.
  • Let passion about the topic show through.
  • If someone asks an out-there question, stay in control by focusing the response on the key points to convey.
  • Come prepared. Know the topic thoroughly and use visual aids to help remember what points come next.

For more insights on the topic of overcoming fears and phobias including fear of public speaking], visit www.sedona.com.

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