How can I be less nervous during the lecture I'm giving tomorrow?
February 24, 2013 11:15 AM Subscribe
I'm giving an hour-long lecture tomorrow before a class of 50 college students. This is something I've never done before (although I've given shorter presentations to smaller audiences). How can I minimize nervousness/stage fright?
posted by zeri to Society & Culture (14 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I'm not worried about blanking or losing the thread because I have a detailed PowerPoint and am an expert on the subject matter. What I'm more concerned about is involuntary physical symptoms of anxiety. For example, my throat tends to constrict when I'm feeling nervous, which makes my voice sound thin and reedy (although I will have a mic so projection isn't an issue), and I'll sometimes stumble over words. (What do actors and singers do to prevent these things from happening?) I also tend to freeze up and not use much body language; I know it's boring for the audience when a speaker stands in one place and doesn't gesture much, but reminding myself to gesture deliberately would feel (and probably look) awkward and contrived. Practical suggestions?