Kitt, Co-Moderator: Anxiety/Panic & Depression& GERD Forums*~*
I have taught some classes where no one will speak out. I did one on sexual assault awareness and no on contributed. I just kept going and felt like I could have handed them a print out and skipped the class.
I always feel like I am going to die up in front of a group of strangers.
I can vision the fainting spell. I was put into the senior speech class when I was a junior, not my choice. I was the only junior in there and did not know a soul. I think I have PTSD
Thanks all for your understanding and sharing.
i understand that public speaking is a huge stressor for many people- im the odd one out- im good at it and (gasp) i almost enjoy it! my students on the other hand.....
whenever they have to do speeches infront of the class and they are nervous, i tell them to pick a friendly face and focus on that one- i often sit at the back of the room and tell them to ignore their classmates and to make eye contact with me. ive had students vomit, come out in hives, faint: all because of the nerves that go with public speaking.
my advice is if you dont feel confident, FAKE it. dont just stand still- but dont rock from one foot to the other or fiddle withg your hands. pay attention to the speed you are speaking at- people tend to rush when nervous. break the ice with a little joke- it will relax you and engage your audience. go to the toilet before you get up and speak. if you lose your place and stumble- just keep going. stopping will draw attention to your minor mistake and people are a lot more forgiving than you think. if you cant make eye contact with your audience, pick a part of the room that you can focus on. use palm cards to jog your memory.
if you are medicated, maybe take your anti-anxiety med a little earlier to coincide with your public speaking engagement.
hope this helps:
On this subject, I have to be honest and say I try to avoid speaking in public like the plague. I once was supposed to give a book report in English class in high school and instead of doing the speech chose to get an "F" instead (and it counted towards 1/3rd of our grade). So, needless to say, I didn't get an A in that class. I hate public speaking so bad that I couldn't even do the toast at my twin sister's wedding reception as she wanted me to do (I had to have my Dad read what I had written).
Anxiety 2007; IBS 2004; Chronic Hives 2002. Medications: Allegra, Zantac, Xanax, Darvocet.