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Old 10-10-2012, 09:49 AM
 
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I have bad anxiety (almost panic attacks) whenever I have to speak in front of other people. It does not matter if it's two or two hundred. The main thing is my voice gets very shaky. It is very noticable to me, but I'm not sure if others can tell. I feel like they can. Should I be concerned about this? Is there anything I can do to prevent this in the future? Taking deep breaths does not help! Thanks
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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Many public speakers have good results taking a dose of propranolol about an hour beforehand. It slows down the heart rate and reduces that adrenaline feeling.
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:38 AM
 
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Do I need a prescription for that??
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Old 10-10-2012, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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lexapro
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Old 10-10-2012, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Before speaking before a crowd practice your speech by looking into a mirror, and when the speech begins, select one area in the audience and focus your eyes in the area, until you get your roll going, then start becoming more animated. It takes time, but soon you will become a pro at public speaking. it can be fun.
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Old 10-10-2012, 03:46 PM
 
Location: southern born and southern bred
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I've never spoken to anyone who doesn't have this same dlilemma.
I think the secret is to fake it. IF you appear to be confident that shows through.
If it's something you must do often then you'll probably need to forget getting meds for it and just go with the flow............the fake it till you make it route. Good luck!!
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Old 10-10-2012, 03:59 PM
 
Location: West Roxbury, MA
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I used to <hate> speaking in public. Then I decided on a career path that required teaching large groups of people very technical stuff and I came to <<love>> it, even from the first presentation, when I decided I was too capable to not do a good job. I was never happier than on a stage in front of an auditorium full of people. So number one, believe in yourself. It's important to: ~know your audience ~ know your subject inside and out ~NEVER read to your audience and ~Relax. :-)
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:14 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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I used to <hate> speaking in public. Then I decided on a career path that required teaching large groups of people very technical stuff and I came to <<love>> it, even from the first presentation, when I decided I was too capable to not do a good job. I was never happier than on a stage in front of an auditorium full of people. So number one, believe in yourself. It's important to: ~know your audience ~ know your subject inside and out ~NEVER read to your audience and ~Relax. :-)
Actually, this is how I got over my fear of speaking was by reading and then as I did it more I stopped reading as much and put little notes in my notes to tell a story at that point and it was always one I knew well. Gradually I stopped relying on that and don't need to read to them anymore and it's just as well b/c they will go to sleep on you, lol.
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:24 PM
 
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I thought I would pass out during my speech class in college. It was horrible for me. The one thing that seemed to click for me is when my professor said that "people want you to succeed. Keep that in mind when you are up there."

This made sense because when I watch someone giving a speech I dont look for errors or want the person to mess up. I listen because I want to be engaged. So with this mind set it helped me. Out of all the classes I took in college I think speech was probably one of the most important (although I think I had high blood pressure that whole semester). The importance of that experience really hit me when my "loves attention SIL" made each of us stand up in front of a crowded hall at her daughter-n-law's bridal shower to say a little something about ourselves and well wishes for the bride. Total impromptu. I did well and I think because I had that speech class experience. If I had not, I probably would have passed out.
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:31 PM
 
Location: southern born and southern bred
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I thought I would pass out during my speech class in college. It was horrible for me. The one thing that seemed to click for me is when my professor said that "people want you to succeed. Keep that in mind when you are up there."

This made sense because when I watch someone giving a speech I dont look for errors or want the person to mess up. I listen because I want to be engaged. So with this mind set it helped me. Out of all the classes I took in college I think speech was probably one of the most important (although I think I had high blood pressure that whole semester). The importance of that experience really hit me when my "loves attention SIL" made each of us stand up in front of a crowded hall at her daughter-n-law's bridal shower to say a little something about ourselves and well wishes for the bride. Total impromptu. I did well and I think because I had that speech class experience. If I had not, I probably would have passed out.

really awesome post!!!
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