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I started com 101 course any advice I get nervous talking in front of people

User in Oxnard, CA
June 25, 2018
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User in Mulvane, KS
April 18, 2016

When you have to speak in front of people, the first thing you need is to have a paper clip or a coin to keep in your dominant hand during. Don't make too much eye contact with the audience while you speak; lastly, before you ever make a sound, look at the floor, take a deep breath and slowly exhale. Now, raise your head confidently and speak!

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Mindfulness and meditation practice have helped me. Also, any body movement activity to increase endorphins/confidence.

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There are a lot of reasons to be nervous when speaking and it depends greatly on the situation. For me to provide an answer, I would require more specific information.

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Maria in Linden, NJ
June 18, 2018

Practice in front of the mirror! The more prepared you are, the more confidence you may gain. Also, remember that everyone is scared, or should I say "excited" to talk in front of people. But, once you are up there, you'll realize that is not as terrifying as it seems.

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As someone who used to get a lot of anxiety from public speaking, I think I may have some good tips. It definitely took some time to get more comfortable talking in front of people, but I started by rehearsing speeches/talking points before a presentation or group discussion. Once I felt ready, I changed to writing speeches/talking points in bulleted format so I'd have to fill in the blanks as I went. I kept summarizing and summarizing the bullet points I had down until I got comfortable speaking on the spot. Best of luck, you got this!

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Khalid in Bronx, NY
June 1, 2018

They say practice makes perfect. I think it's natural to get nervous when you start out. Practice!!!

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Take a deep breath before you start speaking, and in between thoughts. If it's online and they won't see your hands, you can have something to fidget with that might calm you down. Make eye contact (not sure if that's a thing online?) but don't stare at the same person. Remember they are just people too, and I am sure some of them are just as nervous as you are! You've got this!

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Instead of trying to memorize, etc. just be real with people and talk to them as though you were in a conversation. As a whole people like it when other people are just real. Even if you make a mistake just own it and keep going. You don't have to be perfect that's why you're taking the class...to learn :) Good luck...I know you will do great! Angela Mann

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Sandra in Briggs, TX
Oct. 24, 2017

Get to know the students and you will be more at ease in front of them. Realize that 95% of them are just as nervous as you, or MORE so. Take index cards with you with the points you want to make in case you totally forget what you were going to say. Don't drink coffee or soda beforehand.

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John in Pottstown, PA
Oct. 14, 2017

Practice looking out over your audience finding a certain point at which to focus.Then every couple seconds look into the front row etc.

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I'm not familiar and wouldn't try to advise till I had a chance to check into it.

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User in New York, NY
Sept. 21, 2017

Practice and record yourself on your computer's camera when you do. Script any difficult areas, or the entire thing if it's short. Talk to your doctor if your anxiety gets in the way of normal daily activities.

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Alex in Alhambra, CA
Sept. 6, 2017

I was the same when i took the course. I have been shy for all my life but i had to keep telling myself if i can never face this fear than it will forever haunt me. I would practice in front of the mirror or recording yourself and rewatching it.

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The method I have found to be the easiest is to imagine that you are having a conversation or explaining something to a friend. This also makes it a lot easier for the audience to listen and understand what you are saying, which already makes you a better speaker. It's also a lot easier to talk about topics you are passionate about, as you tend to forget the audience is there. So, if you can, choose topics that genuinely interest you and you can rant about. That's all a speech really is, a well crafted rant. Basically, focus on what you are saying and not the public's reaction, and the rest should follow naturally. I used to get nervous while speaking, and now I'm an attorney for teen court and am on the debate team. You can do it!

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Cam in Columbus, OH
June 1, 2017

As someone who had the same problem, DO IT MORE. You will hate it, and you will mess it up, but in the end you will become more comfortable with public speaking.

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Be prepared. Nothing is better for beating down nervousness than knowing that you are prepared and have put in your 100%. However, if that does not work, try power posing. As weird as this may sound, standing upright, with your hands on your hips, and a cheesy smile on your face forces your body to feel confident. Hoped this helped!

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User in Osseo, MN
Nov. 21, 2016

I have chaired many committees and found an agenda to be very useful. Be confident in your ability, know your material, and anticipate what questions might be asked. They signed up for the course and are likely unsure of their abilities and want to learn from you. A captive audience is great. Breathe. You will do great!

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Keep practicing in your everyday life- start conversations with strangers at the grocery store, introduce yourself to people at parties, and don't be afraid if it's awkward at first! I used to be painfully shy before I worked in a restaurant and had to talk to strangers all day. In college, I met about 10-20 people everyday and finally felt comfortable speaking one-on-one. I am still a little shy when it comes to public speaking, but mastering the one-on-one helped me open up and be more comfortable with myself. Good luck!

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User in Plano, TX
Sept. 7, 2016

Public speaking can be challenging! I encourage you to view the audience as friends to whom you are telling the story. If you present in a nonformal tone then you may be more comfortable, no matter how formal the material may be. Just take a deep breath, trust that you have prepared yourself well, and do your best. You can do it!

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User in New York, NY
Sept. 5, 2016

Practice. Record yourself on your computer and do it repeatedly until you can do the presentation comfortably.

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User in Houston, TX
Aug. 23, 2016

You can do it. Don't have afraid. You can speak without nervous. You must be sure what you are doing. Nothing else.

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As a teacher, I daily speak in front of anywhere between 20-30 people at any given time. What helps LOTS is making sure to intentionally make eye contact with first each side of the room alternatively. PAUSE for a moment. When you pause, it helps you to gather where you are in your 'speech' (or lesson for me), simultaneously catching all listeners by surprise.

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When I took public speaking in college, I thought it was just a class I was required to take, and that I didn't really need it. It wasn't that I was arrogant, it was just that I had spoken to groups, and individuals whom I didn't know, and I have never been nervous. When I did my first speech in class, I was shocked when I looked at the notes in my hand, and I realized I was shaking a little. I wasn't prepared for this. I realized that many people find that public speaking is somehow different, as you may be telling your group something they aren't interested in, or somehow I wouldn't be as good as I thought I could be. Confidence is good, but it's not the complete answer, as I found out. Practice in front of my class is what really worked. There is a free group you can join http://www.toastmasters.org/Re..., that may be able to help you with public speaking. They are a large group, and have classes in practically every city, for free. I would encourage practicing, on friends, or a spouse, or anyone who will listen. It also works. I think it's important to look at your audience. Don't concentrate on one person, you can move around the room, but having a person who is paying attention to you, can really help you feel more confident, and it makes them feel like you are speaking to them, not at them. Also knowing your speech is really important. Practice practice practice. By the way, I got a A in my class, and I had to earn it, so as an overconfident person who was taken down a few pegs, remember anyone can do it if you rely on others to help you. Good luck!!!! :)

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I had this, too. There's no reason to be afraid, and, I know this could have been told to you hundreds if not thousands of times, but no one will judge you unless you're in a competition. I personally went into a "do whatever, whenever" state, so I'm hardly ever nervous. Here's what I did: 1: Talk a little more loudly, outside of large groups. It gets you used to expressing yourself. 2: When you're not presenting, keep your hands behind your head in a stretching position, it physically makes you more open, and gets you into a mental state of being exposed in a positive fashion. 3: Be willing to express yourself. No one cares if you look dumb, everyone does from time to time. I can't count how many times I did something stupid, it boosts your self confidence if you can walk it off easily.

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First you must ask yourself if you are knowledgeable enough to teach this course and if you have a genuine interest in its subject matter. If so, that's half the battle, or most of it. Knowing your subject matter and feeling passionate about it boosts your confidence so that nervousness is curtailed. In any event, it is very normal to have some nervousness when talking in front of a group. A suggestion would be to take a public speaking course to learn some strategies in how to combat your apprehension.

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Make sure that whatever topic you are addressing in your speech is of interest to you. If so, the audience will sense that enthusiasm in you and it will transfer to them. Instead of nervous, you will be excited because you are conveying information you are proud of. In turn, that pride will translate to a positive purpose for your audience because they will be engaged instead of bored. Another bit of advice is to not simply lecture or talk at people. It's important to provide visual aids such as Powerpoint presentations, charts, video, etc to get your point across. These also help to increase your credibility and often provoke questions and conversation from your audience so the brunt of speaking is not all on you.

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Kathy in Lakeland, FL
April 29, 2016

First, being nervous talking in front of others in normal. Know that everyone in your class is feeling the same. I have been through COMM 101 and have had to perform on stage. The number one item I can say is to know your content no matter what it is that you are delivering; a speech or piece of music. No difference. Use humor where appropriate and learn to laugh at yourself. None of us is perfect and we all make mistakes. And, it's ok to error. Try not to say "uhm" a lot. Deep breaths, relax, and do the best that you can with what you have to work with.

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User in Laurel, MD
July 27, 2016

Breathe deeply and believe in what you are talking about.

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Frances in Bronx, NY
July 13, 2018

I always practice in the mirror and then in my head before i have to talk around a group of people.

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Is this public speaking? I get so nervous too! I know a lot of the time, professors grade on eye contact. I always look straight ahead at the wall, so at least I'm not looking down at my paper or my hands. Once in a while, look at the professor while presenting. I always feel like the professor is a safe spot to look. Looking at peers makes me more nervous. Also, be confident! I know that's easier said than done. But YOU are the expert at that point in time in that room about whatever subject you're speaking about. Keep your rate slow, and if you stumble a little, it's okay! Remember, you're most likely not the only nervous one when presenting in that class! Good luck with presenting!

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