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By Anonymous October 3, 2012 - 3:59pm
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Hi! This would probably be a strange question and you probably think I'm weird for asking this question here but i have to present a project in school and i am so nervous i shake and stutter when i have to talk in front of people. Can anyone give me some advice? I get a really bad accent and bad stuttering too. I feel like I'm going to cry.

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Hello Anonymous,

I can appreciate your anxiety because as a teenager, I dreaded speaking in front of the class or at an assembly. One time, in eighth grade, I became so nervous during practice for an assembly that I passed out and fell off the stage!

I found a few tips that may help you.

Prepare: Nothing helps ease the fear of public speaking than knowing your material. Rehearse several times before the big talk.

Reduce stress: The most fearful moment of any presentation is the one minute before your stage entrance. Use the tactic of elite athletes by visualizing a positive outcome and using deep belly breathing to reduce stress and build confidence.

Find a friend: During your presentation, find a friend in the class. Look that person in the eye to ease your nerves and connect with your audience.

Here is the link to an article, 7 Little Tricks to Speak in Public With No Fear by Mohamad Zaki, who overcame a fear of public speaking:

Let me know how it goes:)


October 3, 2012 - 4:49pm
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