Many people out there have this fear of speaking in front of an audience. Be it a large group or a small one it does not matter, when it is time for that speech that anxiety builds up and makes it very difficult. You will find that in a good amount of college classes, you may be called upon to speak. Good communication is always a great skill to have and if you are able to communicate in front of a group without the dry mouth, shaky knees, sweaty palms or blank mind, even better.
You may always have a slight nervousness, but there are a few techniques that you can use that should help put you a little more at ease. The following are just a few that you can try using when the time comes.
Be prepared. That should go without saying, but you would be surprised to know that many people do not do this and bomb out. It is always important to know what you are going to say. Being adequately prepared will considerably help bring down that stress. Make sure to practice constantly, reading your speech out loud. You may find it useful to record yourself and listen to it helping you improve it. Practicing in front of the mirror or of a friend may benefit you also.
Be positive. If you are saying from the get go that it is going to be terrible, guess what, it just may be. Your mind can play tricks on you. Imagine the best speech possible and replace those negative thoughts with positive ones. You know your stuff it is sure to be a success.
Make an outline. Even if you have memorized every word, there will be times your nerves will get the best of you. Having an outline on index cards ready at your disposal will help assist your memory when needed.
Try green tea rather than coffee. Coffee is a stimulant that can cause palpitations and anxiety. Do you really want to aggravate your already on edge nerves? Green tea is a great way to calm your nerves. It contains amino acids that promote relaxation.
Dress to impress. Looking good and feeling good can go hand in hand at times. Having clothes that are clean, well ironed and presentable will help boost your confidence.
Look for a friendly face. Having a familiar face to look at as you recite your speech is a big help when it comes to relieve some of that tension. Maybe before the event approach some friends and chat for a bit. This can also be a bit of a stress reliever.
You may always have a slight fear of public speaking, but using some of these techniques can help you along the way. Choose your classes well and good luck.