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stupendous-manLately ive been drinking water before speeches and it seems to help
AidanCskiThis is a relatively stupid thread but whatever I'm just gonna rant. So today I had a debate in history on the American revolution and I had to give my part of the argument which lasted for about 4 minutes. The first half of the speech I did fine but then everything went to shit. Halfway through my part it just got progressively worse and worse, I could hardly pronounce words, you could hear my voice literally tremble, I was shaking, and my heart was beating out of my chest. Anyways this is something that I've had to deal with my entire life, and it just sucks cause everybody knows I suck at it, and it's something that I know I'm gonna have to do as an adult. People always ask me why I'm not afraid to do flips on skis, but look like I'm gonna die when I speak in front of just 10 people, and I never have an answer for them. Sorry to be a little bitch on NS, just wondering if anybody has the same anxiety about speaking publicly, or if any older members had any advice for me?
*DUMBCAN*I have a love/hate relationship with public speaking.
On the one hand, I'm scared shitless by it. On the other, the rush you get from nailing a speech or presentation in front of 100 people is awesome and lasts for ages.
It all comes down to confidence, both in yourself and your material. I can't bullshit, so if I don't know something when someone asks me a question then I just freeze up, so I need to have a rock solid understanding of what I'm talking about.
Chubz.Ive had to talk and preform in front of hundreds of people in hs for musicals and shit..that stuff doesnt bother me that much. I could probably MC an event and be totally fine with it but doing a presentation or a speech just ruins me. Fuck that shit I cant do that at all.
Rusticlesalready been said, but forget the self consciousness, don't think about people judging you, relax and be yourself. I like to think of it as I'm talking to a bunch of my friends about a serious topic.