Public speaking is hard. Your mind tries to focus on the words and substance, but you can’t shake the heightened awareness that people are watching your every move, processing it all while you rattle on. 

Your lizard brain gets it, and starts dumping fight-or-flight into your bloodstream. It’s hard to deliver a solid performance with your heart pounding. You might need a beta blocker to keep the train on the tracks.

But politicians have loads of practice. They live for this stuff. Teams of nerds work debate-prep weeks in advance. 

And yet, public speaking remains the great equalizer. Because sometimes, all that matters is that a giant fly landed on your pure white hair helmet, and held on for two whole minutes.


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How Long Gone anchor
In #089 @themjeans & @donetodeath chat with Ana Andjelic, an executive strategist specializing in brand-driven businesses. She’s from Serbia, living in New York, but currently on vacation in Mexico City. They chat about puffer coats, COPS, growing our hair back, Serbian cuisine, Mexico City scene report, hot guys selling burrata, the erasure of icons, why Ikea is cool, Bushwick Birkins, fake Cartier, and how we can be better storytellers (for brands.)

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