public speaking with Anxiety HELP!!!
So, JESSiCA, we meet again! I'm glad to hear you're involved with a partner and a project, but I do understand your fear of public speaking. I'm positive the vast majority of us would rather streak through Wal Mart than get up in front of a group of people. (Would anybody notice us in Wal Mart? Somehow I think we'd just "blend!")
I suppose there are a number of things you could try before it was your turn to be on stage. Deep breathing, relaxation techniques, visualization...............personally they don't work for me, but that doesn't mean they won't work for you. What I finally discovered helped me in overcoming MY fear was to be as well prepared as I possibly could. To know my material inside and out and to plan out my speech and demonstration so there were no awkward pauses, no time or chance to flounder which just gets you so flustered and freaked, you lose your place and your thoughts and you start to sweat and the whole thing falls apart like a cake left out in the rain.
Being prepared takes time and practice so if this presentation is tomorrow, put on the coffee pot and work on it. You're probably still going to be nervous, I think that's just human nature unless we do it all the time, which most of us don't. Something else I learned early on was to volunteer to go first. The class has no one else, at that point, to compare your presention to, so the first one(s) up usually look pretty good. The biggest bonus for doing this is that IT'S OVER! You do not have to sit the rest of the period in fear that you'll be called next. Let everyone in class go through that particular agony. YOU'RE home free. Time to relax and watch everyone else squirm! Guess that sounds kinda mean, but those two lessons helped make the next 4 years of my education just a little bit easier.
Just remember that it is actually impossible to die of embarrassement, even though you might want to.................LOL
Channel that fear to work for you, not against you.
I think you'll do great! Wish I could be there cheer you on!
Let us know how it went, OK?
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