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I have severe anxiety about three upcoming oral presentations. I'm worried that I won't be funny or interesting, and that I'll make an *** of myself. I even considered dropping out of school so I wouldn't have to do them lol. Does anyone have any advice about how to regulate my nerves, and present more confidently?
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My son is 23 and had a stroke in november,and has made near 100% recovery. He too has developed an extreme fear of oral presentations. At this very moment he is with the model UN team AT the UN in NYC representing the country he was assigned and learning the ins and outs of bills, laws, treaties, etc. He said what has helped him was to over-prepare. Know what he has to accomplish but prepare for questions and comments concerning the subject matter around what he had to present. Knowing as much as he could helped him be less anxious because he felt like he could handle what was thrown at him.
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Are you able to join Toastmasterís where you are? Practice is the key. Also, some doctors will prescribe propranolol for musicians and speakers to deal with severe stage fright. Thatís always a last resort to consider. Donít worry too much about what people think. Most people are quite forgiving of public speakers because most people donít like public speaking either.
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My son is 23 and had a stroke in november,and has made near 100% recovery. He too has developed an extreme fear of oral presentations. At this very moment he is with the model UN team AT the UN in NYC representing the country he was assigned and learning the ins and outs of bills, laws, treaties, etc. He said what has helped him was to over-prepare. Know what he has to accomplish but prepare for questions and comments concerning the subject matter around what he had to present. Knowing as much as he could helped him be less anxious because he felt like he could handle what was thrown at him.
Wow the fact that your son had a stroke and has still become so successful is so admirable! You must be very proud of him.

Yeah I'm going to prepare as much as I can and create the best presentation I can. I'm just worried about turning red when I speak, and my voice shaking while I do it.
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Lots of people struggle with standing up and talking or being in front of a group of people. Just remember that you are probably talking to a group of people that tend to have the same challenge you are having.

One of the ways you can practice is reading to small children as children are not so opinionated and just love the attention. Sometimes that can take place in a local library.
It's OK if you are not perfect. If your face gets a bit red, well, it's got color and that can actually look good from a distance rather than a pale face.
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Lots of people struggle with standing up and talking or being in front of a group of people. Just remember that you are probably talking to a group of people that tend to have the same challenge you are having.

One of the ways you can practice is reading to small children as children are not so opinionated and just love the attention. Sometimes that can take place in a local library.
It's OK if you are not perfect. If your face gets a bit red, well, it's got color and that can actually look good from a distance rather than a pale face.
Funny you say that because I work with autistic kids for a living, and read them stories all the time.
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Wow the fact that your son had a stroke and has still become so successful is so admirable! You must be very proud of him.

Yeah I'm going to prepare as much as I can and create the best presentation I can. I'm just worried about turning red when I speak, and my voice shaking while I do it.
My son is actually at the UN this week for model UN in NYC, He spent all of break practicing and learning about the country he represents. He did a lot of stuff in front of us and the mirror.
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Good luck! Iíd not worry about being funny or particularly interesting, when speaking at public events I generally just speak like I naturally would, it takes the pressure off. The other thing is that I like to laugh at myself. If my face gets red or I make a mistake presenting, i just laugh at myself. I try not to take myself too seriously, it takes ton of pressure off myself and others.

I have several colleagues who arenít shy speaking in front of the kids and teens but are anxious speaking in front of the adults. If you arenít worried about speaking in front of the kids, then maybe when speaking in front of adults pretend that they are kids.
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So I did my first one out of the three today. I had the best presentation in the class. I also wasn't the most nervous one because one girl actually started to cry in front of the whole class :O
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Great! I knew you could do it!!!
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