It has been fifteen years. I can't laugh it off.
January 10, 2013 7:58 PM Subscribe
I teach and I have a nervous laugh. I cannot get rid of it.
I teach in higher ed and have been doing public speaking for fifteen years in some capacity or another. I am usually described as a dynamic teacher, but I always laugh. Always. I have a nervous laugh and I laugh after a lot of the things I say. I have worked on this for as long as I have been doing school (in various capacities.)
I have been told to be more mindful. As a teacher, I can't really be any more mindful than I am as I present my work and/or lead activities.
I have tried repeatedly to meditate (Mindfulness in Plain English). I have never been successful.
I am not uncomfortable in front of students. I have taught high school with less receptive audiences and done well.
I do this in my personal life as well and people seem to get annoyed by this. So I have no clue how to stop. Any ideas?