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This story appears in the November 1999 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

If the thought of addressing an makes you sweatbullets, you're not alone. Forty million Americans are soterrified of speaking to a group, they'd do almost anything toavoid it. In fact, according to an oft-cited study done by pollingfirm Brushkin-Goldring, more people said they feared publicspeaking than feared death.

Philippe Clarke, 35, used to be one of those people. Prior tofounding IBT Group Inc., a training and promotions consulting firmin Falls Church, Virginia, in 1995, Clarke gave--or, as he puts it,tried to give--a speech on current affairs to a group of 50politicians. "I was so nervous that my eyes actually sawnothing but yellow, and therefore, I couldn't see thecrowd," Clark recalls. "I ended up spieling out this, youknow, rehearsed speech--and I wasn't even facing the audience.I was actually slightly turned to the wall."

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