Bertrand Russell on Fear of Public Speaking

At first every audience terrified me, and nervousness made me speak very badly; I dreaded the ordeal so much that I always hoped I might break my leg before I had to make a speech, and when it was over I was exhausted from the nervous strain. Gradually I taught myself to feel that it did not matter whether I spoke well or ill, the universe would remain much the same in either case. I found that the less I cared whether I spoke well or badly, the less badly I spoke, and gradually the nervous strain diminished almost to vanishing point.

Source: Bertrand Russell: The Conquest of
Happiness (London; Allen & Unwin, 1930):
http://russell.cool.ne.jp/beginner/COH-TEXT.HTM

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