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    I don't understand the following in red. What is it saying?

    In fact, breathe deeply for thirty seconds before you ever face your audience. The increased supply of oxygen will buoy you up and give you courage. The great tenor, Jean de Reszke, used to say that when you had your breath so you "could sit on it" nervousness vanished.

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    I don't understand it either.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Perhaps he just meant that once you had enough air/oxygen in your lungs that it's almost like an inflated cushion and therefore you would be able to sit on it.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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