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Old 05-22-2016, 11:09 AM
 
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Figure out what frightens you about public speaking and examine it until you understand it and are not intimidated by it anymore. Public speaking in a classroom setting is really no more than talking to a group or people you already know, people who are also going to have to do the same thing and probably dread it just as much as you do. Are you afraid they will laugh at you or rise up and smite you or engage in some other specifically anti-you activity? Really? Is that reasonable? Your classmates are not just waiting for you to make a mistake so they can ridicule you, and it is extremely unlikely that any of them have brought spare vegetables.


Nobody's going to throw anything at you or heckle you or laugh at you or probably even pay much attention to you. They're all thinking about their own presentations and hoping they don't make fools of themselves. Sort of like you were when you were listening to them. All you have to do is get through your material.


Get interested in whatever the subject of your speech is. Know your material. Own it. Then learn to love it. Even if it is something trivial or dull or just something you were assigned as a topic. Own that material. Learn to love it. Look at your presentation as an opportunity to share your topic and your enthusiasm for it with your audience. When you are more focused on the information or message you are conveying than on the fact that you are engaged in an act of public speaking, the act of public speaking will become easier and easier, and eventually you will wonder what you were afraid of.
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Old 05-23-2016, 10:45 AM
 
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In college I took my public speaking class online where I had to record videos and upload them. It was way easier than being bodied in a class full of people.
Hey where did you take this class? I'm an ecampus student looking for something similar to this.
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