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    Hey guys, does anyone have any advice on how to get over the anxiety that may come just before any form of public speaking? I used to be extremely confident in reading out loud and presenting, but now I have grown more conscious and overly aware of being constantly heard. I don't want to feel nervous or sound shaky anymore, since I never used to, and it's affected a lot since I'm a huge extrovert, except, apparently, when it comes to public speaking.

    -Any exercises or advice to help me overcome this? Thanks
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    Firstly make sure you're satisfied by what you've actually written and would be as proud as you can be to share it with other people.

    Then learn the speech inside out and practise delivering it effectively. The adrenaline will do the rest.
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    (Original post by Birkenhead)
    Firstly make sure you're satisfied by what you've actually written and would be as proud as you can be to share it with other people.

    Then learn the speech inside out and practise delivering it effectively. The adrenaline will do the rest.
    What if it's an unseen text?
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    What if it's an unseen text?
    You won't have any preparation with the text you'll be reading?

    If this is the case there is not a great deal you can do except perhaps practise reading texts you've not seen before. Speaking effectively isn't difficult - I feel far more confident giving a speech to a few hundred than talking to someone in a common social context. Perhaps try listening to speeches by successful speakers. Try YouTubing Tony Blair, Enoch Powell, Margaret Thatcher, Hugh Gaitskell, Tony Benn etc. ...any other speakers that inspire you. Listen to timings and degrees of variations in volume, pitch, intensity, speed etc. of their speaking.
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    (Original post by Birkenhead)
    You won't have any preparation with the text you'll be reading?

    If this is the case there is not a great deal you can do except perhaps practise reading texts you've not seen before. Speaking effectively isn't difficult - I feel far more confident giving a speech to a few hundred than talking to someone in a common social context. Perhaps try listening to speeches by successful speakers. Try YouTubing Tony Blair, Enoch Powell, Margaret Thatcher, Hugh Gaitskell, Tony Benn etc. ...any other speakers that inspire you.
    Thank you!!! I shall do just that and I totally feel you. I feel more comfortable speaking to a crowd of, say, 50 people I've never met before than a group of 30 I've known for a while… Maybe that's where my recent anxiety has stemmed from. Huh. But thank you, anyway- I know I can get over this! It's just going to have to be a case of practising
 
 
 
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