I am terrified of social situations. You might be thinking "everyone gets nervous to do public speaking". No. I am taking a speech class online, thinking it would be easier for me, but apparently not. I have to do a 2-3 minute speech introducing myself and I'm already hyperventilating, shaking, and crying. I'm not joking when I say it terrifies me. This class is MANDATORY for my degree. I don't know what to do. Any advice or ideas?
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- Prepare your speech well ahead of time
- Practice it a bunch. In front of the mirror, or however's comfortable
- Time yourself when you practice, to get a general idea of how long it will be / how quickly you speak
The more familiar you are with your speech, the easier things should be. I know it's just a quick introduction speech, but it can't hurt to be prepared. This doesn't necessarily mean memorizing your speech. Memorizing it can do more harm than good, if you forget what to say and panic trying to stick to what you memorized.
During your speech, try to remind yourself to to go slow, and breathe! There's nothing wrong with taking a small pause if you need it, and a thoughtful pause comes off a lot better than a bunch of uhhs and umms. I know speeches can be really stressful but honestly, people are only so invested in them, and no one's sitting there wanting you to mess up or fail. Above all, just try to relax be yourself!1
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