Dealing with Nervousness

January 10, 2011 at 8:34 pm 1 comment

Dealing with nervousness can be difficult for individuals in several different ways. In chapter 1 of The Art of Public Speaking by Lucas, the author says that rather than getting rid of all the stage fright, the individual giving the speech should concentrate on transforming the negative force into what he calls a positive force.  Once you turn the negative force into positive, you will most certainly be more comfortable with the speech and you will have control of the speech or presentation.

Also in Chapter 1, Lucas asks if I think I have stage fright, my answer to that is yes, at first I do. When I’m at the podium or in front of the class, I have to tell myself I’m doing a great job, even though half of the speech may be horrible. Upon doing this, usually there is no more swaying back and forth and side to side for me.

In return, I can listen to my speech as I’m reading it to the class, not focusing on what I look like or how I sound to my audience. One reasons why an individual might get nervous in a speech is when they do not know if the information they are talking about is true or false.  This chapter was very useful to me because I didn’t know any of this information about stage fright and reasons why people get nervous during a speech.


Matthew D. Clark




Entry filed under: confidence & public speaking, Fear & public speaking, public speaking, Uncategorized.

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  • 1. Kate  |  January 24, 2011 at 12:16 am

    I think this was a great post to inform people that everybody gets a little bit nervous when giving a speech or standing in front of an aundiance to do anything. I also think this post had a lot of ways to obstain from getting nervous and ways to help you to not be so nervous when giving a speech.


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