Conquering the fear landscape of public speaking


Breaths become shallow. Voices quaver. Palms sweat.

With only a podium as a shield, standing before a group of people to deliver a speech is a common item on the fear landscape.

It’s a fear that may hold someone back at work, make them duck leadership positions in organizations and simply make for excessive anxiety even during informal settings.

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Renee Richardson
Richardson is a Pacelli High School graduate from Austin, Minn., who earned an applied science degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, with an emphasis in horse management. She worked extensively in the resort industry. She received an associate’s degree from Central Lakes College, where she was editor of the Westbank Journal student newspaper, as well as a summer intern at the Dispatch. She graduated from St. Cloud State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and interned at the St. Cloud Times covering business while attending SCSU. She's been with the Brainerd Dispatch since 1996.
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