24 Jun, 2021 11:58 AM

How can I not be so nervous when making speeches?

I always say to myself I won't be nervous and I'm usually not right up until 30 seconds before I start. I don't think I specifically have a fear of speaking in front of a small class because I don't mind besides the fact that I'm get so nervous right when it starts

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CO
24 Jun, 2021 11:58 AM

Almost everyone who goes up to do a speech will *ALSO* be nervous -- so don't be hard on yourself. I use to get so nervous that I had to hold on to something so I wouldn't shake!
Now, I am a "natural" at it, lol.

The best thing you can start off by doing is *really* knowing your topic. The better prepared you are, the less chance you have to make mistakes. So, preapre yourself and practice talking aloud to friends, family, or a mirror.

Keep it simple. Prepare numbered notecards that have KEY WORDS only. The keyword is a prompt to let you know in what order you will be talking about the subject. Again, number your cards in case you drop them.

Make sure you allot a certain time for each notecard. Maybe each notecard should be -- let's say --- 2 minutes worth of talking? A minute on the subject/area?

When you are going up there, never say "I"m nervous." Go up there, smile and say hello and introduce yourself in a friendly, smiling way. This is your notecard #1.

Your last notecard should be asking the class if they have any questions (if that is appropriate), and/or THANKING everyone for the opportunity to share with them.

I had trouble with keeping time, so I took a mini-clock up with me and put it on the desk, so that I didn't get nervous and talk to long.

Well, good luck and I know you will do great!

NA
24 Jun, 2021 11:58 AM

I'm not quite sure why, but strolling out in front of an audience has never been a hard thing for me.

It may be because you deny to yourself that you're nervous. Don't do that! Emotions are there to tell you how you're feeling; there's nothing to be ashamed of. So you're nervous; everyone is nervous at some time or another.

Acknowledge your anxiety far before you actually go on stage. Talk with other people about it; have a laugh!

That is the fundamental thing; try to enjoy what you're doing when you give the speech. Even if you're not the kind to do it, try and insert a few witticisms or puns just for the heck of it; but make sure they're funny first and try them out on other people beforehand. :)

Just remember; YOU WILL BE FINE. There is nothing to worry about if you're not making problems for yourself to worry about. Walking in front of an audience is no different from walking in front of a few people.

Try not to look at any specific person; that can be nerve-wracking. Instead, just let your eyes glaze over and flit across the audience every now and then. You can make the audience think you're looking at them without actually doing it. XD

There's nobody except yourself up there; don't take that as an excuse to be nervous. This is YOUR five minutes of fame; YOU are the star. Use those few precious minutes wisely.

Talk to the audience like you would your friends. Don't memorize a script; just a few cardinal points that you can elaborate on. Sometimes practice can be a good thing; maybe just before you go to bed, if you're not too tired, just shut your eyes and imagine the audience, and then speak your words to the air.

Overall; enjoy yourself. Nothing will go wrong if you're enjoying yourself, and, even if it does, it will be funny. No-one's going to shoot you for making a little mistake; just continue. Have confidence in yourself, and the world will be at your feet.

MA
24 Jun, 2021 11:59 AM

The most important thing you can do is to relax. It is perfectly normal to be a little nervous before a speech. All speakers, even experienced ones, get some kind of nerves before speeches, so don't think you are alone there. What I do is take a deep breath before I am introduced, or as people are settling down in their seats. Take a second before you start speaking, then begin. Do not have anything in your hands or grip the podium or lectern, for this will make the audience think you are nervous (chances are that if you have something in your hand, you will start fiddling with it, or gripping the podium like a life preserver). As you speak, concentrate on your speech, and making good eye contact with your audience. It is OK to pause during the speech, for pauses can be effective tool in a speech. If you forget something, or if you miss something (when you are doing speeches with visual aids), don't worry about it, just keep going. Something that can help too is that just think that by doing a speech, you are conquering what is considered people's biggest fear (public speaking). Also, practice your speech in front of a mirror beforehand. The more comfortable you are with your speech content, the more confident you will be when you give the speech. Good luck!


IV
24 Jun, 2021 11:59 AM

If it is giving you problems (besides internal ones (-:), remember the reason why you are speaking: to give something to the audience. Maybe you are giving them important information, or helping them celebrate an important occasion, or just giving them some entertainment. All these things are really important, and that's why you are there.

When you are beginning your career as a speaker, you should write out your speech, rehearse it and have an outline or a cheat sheet when you give the speech. You might even consider rehearsing it in front of a friend or two.

As you get better with practice, you'll find you can wing it -- although I always find it's nice to have an outline of the important points I want to cover.

Also, a speech doesn't have to be speaking -- you can sing, you can show charts, you can show a movie -- you can even give a quiz and ask for audience participation. Sometimes this helps make your information more interesting to the audience, and it also gives you a break.

Good luck, and have fun with it! (-: You know, this is the second speech question I've answered today. End of semester already, is it?


LU
24 Jun, 2021 12:00 PM

Yes I sometimes had problem like you. I tried many techniques but they didn't help much. But this problem suddenly became nothing since I read a Buddhism book. I think:
The problem is you are the only person who really worry about your speech. When you look at the other's speech, what you look at is only the good side but not the bad side. You can easily forgive the speakers' mistakes. Even if you are strict to them, you can do nothing. Only complain something and then forget all and no more. So after they finished their speech the only thing you feel is how fast and easily they performed. Only you have the problem and this problem is caused by yourself.
Let's look. Why you must be nervous? Who are you? What is your speech? All are really nothing. 100 years later, maybe not much like that :d, you will become nothing. Also all belong to you, include your speech will become nothing. If you make serious mistakes, if your speech is really awful, time pass, no, short time pass, and all your problems will become nothing. Who will complain about these? Exactly no one. So why you must be nervous because of "nothing"?