First of all, I’ll talk about stage fright and nervousness. One of the major concerns of students in any speech class is stage fright. If you are worried about it, you ‘ll feel better if you know that you ‘re not alone. Actually, most people tend to be anxious before doing something important in public. Actors are nervous before a play, politicians are nervous before a campaign speech, athletes are nervous before a big game. Even I, actually said, now I feel very very trembled. It ‘s a natural reaction of your body. Your body is responding as it would to any stressful situation – by producing extra adrenaline. This sudden shot of adrenaline is what makes yours heart race, your hands shake, your knees knock, and your skin perspire. Every public speaker experiences all these reaction to some extent. The question is: how can you control your nervousness and make it work for you rather than against you?
And to deal with nervous, here I have some suggestion for you. They are 4 letters P.P.P and F. They mean: positive thinking, power of visualization, prepare and practice, and last Face with it.
So, what is positive thinking? Instead of thinking negatively about yourself and your speaking skill, you can transform negative thoughts into positive ones as you work on you speeches. For example: in spite of thinking that I wish I didn’t have to give this speech, you can think that I have a good idea, and this is a chance for me to share my idea and gain comments from others. Or instead of thinking that no one will be interested in what I have to say, you can think that I have a good topic and I’m carefully prepared. Of course they’ll be interested. Or don’t think that I’m not a great public speaker, because no one perfect, but I will get better after each speech I give. One more, instead of thinking that I’m always nervous when I give a speech, before speaking, you should type, listen to the song “you ‘re not alone” and croon the melody you are not alone… because what? Because not only you, everyone’s nervous, I know even me, and if other people can handle and speak, I can too. Doing these thinking will not make your nerves go away completely, but it will help keep them under control so you can concentrate on communicating your ideas rather than on brooding about your fears and anxieties.
How about the 2th P, power of visualization? Visualization is closely related to positive thinking. It’s is a technique used by many people – athletes, musicians, actors, speakers, and others – to enhance their performance in stressful situations. The key to visualization is creating a vivid mental blueprint in which you see yourself succeeding in your speech. Picture yourself in your classroom standing to speak. See yourself at the lectern, poised and self-assured, making eye contact with your audience and delivering your introduction in a firm, clear voice. Acknowledge your nervousness, but picture yourself overcoming it to give an articulate presentation. The more lucid your mental pictures, the more successful you are likely to be. For the boys, imaging that you are standing here, in front of your friends and the girl you are falling in love, give your presentation with your strong voice, confidence, after your fishing, maybe you get higher score in her mind and she start to think about you… just for example, but why not? Right, boys?
Now I move to the third P, this is the most important part for a successful speech, it’s also your best asset, weapon, and sure-ball formula to a winning presentation-Preparing and Practicing. One professional speech consultant estimates that a well-prepared presentation can reduce stage fright by up to 75%. Pick topic you truly care about, make the time for it-to do research, to organize the flow of your presentation and the visuals from the beginning to the end, anticipate the questions and objections that will be asked and know the answers beforehand, and then try it out before 2 or 3 trusted friends several times until you feel absolutely comfortable. All these preparation will help you gain your confidence and feel better before speaking.
And now, the last step of my tips for dealing with nervousness is F: simply, FACE WITH IT. Until now, after