Dealing with Nervousness Doris L. W. Chang
Presentation Outline • 5 Basic Understanding of Nervousness • 11 Tips by Verderber (26-31) • 8 Specific Behaviors (Verderber 31)
5 Basic Understanding of Nervousness 1. Despite nervousness, you can make it through your speech 2. Listeners are not as likely to recognize your fear as you might think 3. The better prepared you are, the better you will cope with nervousness 4. The more experience you get in speaking, the better you can cope with nervousness 5. Experienced speakers learn to channel their nervousness (Verderber 26-31)
Dealing with Nervousness 11 Tips provided by Fletcher (2-12) 1. Nearly everyone suffers nervousness about giving a speech 2. Experience reduces nervousness 3. Realize that you appear more confident than you feel 4. Visualize yourself succeeding 5. Occupy your mind with what you want to say
11 Tips 6. Understand that nervousness can be controlled 7. Settle into a routine for relaxing 8. Nervousness needs an outlet 9. Enjoy Speaking 10. Stop fighting your nervousness 11. Simple Key: PREPARE!
8 Specific Behaviors to Handle It 1. Pick a topic you are comfortable with 2. Take time to prepare fully and practice, practice, practice 3. Try to schedule your speech at a time that is psychologically best for you 4. Control your food and beverages 5. Visualize successful speaking experiences
Specific Behaviors 6. Give yourself positive affirmations before you approach the stand 7. Pause for a few seconds before you begin 8. Approach persistent nervousness with systematic desensitization or cognitive restructuring ( Verderber 31)