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Overcoming Stage Fright (Obj. 4) What makes you most nervous when making a presentation before class? Consider the following questions:

1. Are you afraid of becoming tongue-tied?

2. Do you become nervous when all eyes are on you?

3. What if you forgot what you wanted to say

4. Do you think you will mess up?

5. Do you think you will look silly or that people will laugh at you?

Consider Objective 4 outlined below.

Your Task: Read in Chapter 14 the section on overcoming stage fright, I have attached this reading as an attachment.

and also Google Stage Fright to gain some ideas. Then describe the steps you should take to minimize being nervous and what to do to be an effective presenter.

Word Count: 350 (Place the word count at the bottom of the letter.)

Obj. 4: Specify delivery techniques for use before, during, and after a presentation. Before your talk, prepare a sentence outline on note cards or speaker’s notes and rehearse repeatedly. Check the room, lectern, and equipment. During the presentation, consider beginning with a pause and presenting your first sentence from memory. Speak freely and extemporaneously, commenting on your slides or canvas but using no other notes. Make eye contact, control your voice, speak and move naturally, and avoid digressions. After your talk, distribute handouts and answer questions. End gracefully and express appreciation.

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Combating Stage Fright Nearly everyone experiences some degree of stage fright when speaking before a group. “If you hear someone say he or she isn’t nervous before a speech, you’re talking either to a liar or a very boring speaker,” says corporate speech consultant Dianna Booher. Being afraid is quite natural and results from actual physiological changes occurring in your body. Faced with a frightening situation, your body responds with the fight-orflight response, discussed more fully in the accompanying Career Coach box. You can learn to control and reduce stage fright, as well as to incorporate techniques for effective speaking, by using the following strategies and techniques before, during, and after your presentation. Career Coach: How to Avoid Stage Fright Ever get nervous before making a presentation? Everyone does! And it’s not all in your head, either. When you face something threatening or challenging, your body reacts in what psychologists call the fight-or-flight response. This physical reflex provides your body with increased energy to deal with threatening situations. It also creates those sensations—dry mouth, sweaty hands, increased heartbeat, and stomach butterflies—that we associate with stage fright. The fight-or-flight response arouses your body for action—in this case, making a presentation. Because everyone feels some form of apprehension before speaking, it’s impossible to eliminate the physiological symptoms altogether. However, you can reduce their effects with the following techniques: • • Breathe deeply. Use deep breathing to ease your fight-or-flight symptoms. Inhale to a count of ten, hold this breath to a count of ten, and exhale to a count of ten. Concentrate on your counting and your breathing; both activities reduce your stress. Convert your fear. Don’t view your sweaty palms and dry mouth as evidence of fear. Interpret them as symptoms of exuberance, excitement, and enthusiasm to share your ideas. • • • • • • Know your topic and come prepared. Feel confident about your topic. Select a topic that you know well and that is relevant to your audience. Prepare thoroughly and practice extensively. Use positive self-talk. Remind yourself that you know your topic and are prepared. Tell yourself that the audience is on your side—because it is! Moreover, most speakers appear to be more confident than they feel. Make this apparent confidence work for you. Take a sip of water. Drink some water to alleviate your dry mouth and constricted voice box, especially if you’re talking for more than 15 minutes. Shift the spotlight to your visuals. At least some of the time the audience will be focusing on your slides, transparencies, handouts, or whatever you have prepared—and not totally on you. Ignore any stumbles. Realize that it is okay to make an occasional mistake. Don’t apologize or confess your nervousness. If you make a mistake, ignore the stumble and keep going. The audience will forget any mistakes quickly. Feel proud when you finish. You will be surprised at how good you feel when you finish. Take pride in what you have accomplished, and your audience will reward you with applause and congratulations. Your body, of course, will call off the fight-or-flight response and return to normal! ...
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OVERCOMING STAGE FRIGHT

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Overcoming Stage Fright
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OVERCOMING STAGE FRIGHT

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Overcoming Stage Fright
Class presentations allow a student to connect with other students while conveying the
intended message. To be an excellent presenter, every student should be fluent in the language of
communication to avoid confusing the listeners. Presentations allow every student to build their
self-confidence and credibility. Competency is a crucial tool while presenting. However,
although speaking to other students is normal, preparing and carrying out a presentation is a huge
task that requires careful planning ...

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