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Twelve Survival Tips for Public Speaking

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Photo courtesy Barbara Liskow. From the SinCNE "Reads Across New England" event

That first author reading outside of a workshop atmosphere is daunting. According to the Self Help Collective, the fear of public speaking is second only to the fear of flying.

My first such reading was in March 2012 at a New England Sisters in Crime event for the state of Connecticut. I read the first few pages of my work-in-progress, along with about a dozen published and yet-to-be-published authors.

I got by with a little help from my friends, and I don’t mean Mr. Makers Mark or Ms. Xanax. Here are some tips from fellow members of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America and Romance Writers of America. Maybe these tips will help you, too.