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This story appears in the April 1998 issue of HomeOfficeMag.com.

You could say that Matt Hill is familiar with speaking in front of large groups. As owner of The Hill Group, a homebased sales training business in San Jose, California, Hill makes a living giving training courses on how to sell effectively at trade shows. Just because he's experienced doesn't mean his speaking engagements have gotten any easier, however. "It's a real challenge when all you have to sell is yourself," says Hill, 44.

While most of us don't give speeches for a living (whew!), many homebased business owners have, on occasion, been put in the same nerve-racking position Hill faces almost every day. When giving presentations for sales calls or meetings, it's often just you in front of a group of people, selling your business, your ideas and, ultimately, yourself.

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