How do I get over my terror of public speaking?
September 1, 2008 1:14 PM Subscribe
How can I get over my fear and anxiety of making class presentations?
posted by osloheart to Grab Bag (27 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
I have a global communication class this semester which I am very excited about. I am interested in the course content, my classmates seem friendly, and my professor seems relatively easygoing. Yet I am absolutely terrified of doing a solo presentation to the class. I have a 5 minute presentation to do in a couple of weeks, and Im first up. When I found out, I immediately felt that surge of adrenaline and anxiety which I am sure will arise again about ten minutes before I need to stand up and begin speaking. I know this is a common problem, and I cringe when I see it happening to other students, because I know how horrible it is to feel that paranoid light-headed fear. Even if I know the subject well, it still happens. Even just answering or posing a question in class does it to me.
Im a pretty laid-back socially comfortable person, and it is so embarrassing when I feel like everyone in the room can suddenly see my deepest darkest awkward fears. Im a grown woman for christs sake, I should be over this already!
Is there anything I can do to be more comfortable up there? Are there exercises that help with this? What does one do besides being sure that you have mapped out every word and are extremely confident with your knowledge on the presentation topic? Any tricks that help you guys get over that anxiety? A friend of mine jokingly advised smoking a joint before class, but Im pretty sure the mountain of paranoia in that case would make me freak out, or black out. Apart from that and picturing everyone in their underwear :), what might help?