I don't know why I get so nervous when I have to do a speech in front of my class. My voice gets all shaky- like really badly and noticeably which means I cant pronounce certain words because I sound so weak and scared. My hands start shaking and my heart beats so loudly inside my chest. Its a horrible feeling and I don't feel nervous when putting my hand up/ answering questions in front of the class but I dont know how to stop this nervousness i get before a speech - does anyone have any tips?
I used to be the same. I think it's because you feel like everyones attention is on you, whereas if you're sitting down answering a question not everyones staring at you.
If it's a presentation you have to do just try and practice exactly what you're going to say so that you're basically just reciting it to the class and you're completly confident in what you're saying. That way you just get into a kind of rythm. Practice brings confidence.
I also used to get bad dry mouth from being nervous which also made my voice go croacky so I'd put a piece of chewing gum in my mouth and that would stop it.
I have the exact same problem and, as far as i know, a lot of people do. In my case it mostly depends on what i'm talking about and if i'm passionate about that subject or not. The anxiety might never go away but with practice you learn how to control those emotions. In terms of advice, try opening up with a joke or two, have confidence in what you're saying and maybe practice on your friends/family. You will most likely be nervous for the first minute or two but it gets better after that.