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Eliminating Stage Fright

Tatiaunna Dobbs, Staff Writer

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Here is a bad way to present featuring Katarina Jevtic, 9 and Bryan Sims, 9

Good presentation posture! featuring Katarina Jevtic, 9 and Bryan Sims, 9

Have you ever had to give a presentation in front of the class? How did that make you feel? Were you nervous or excited? Having stage fright or the fear to speak in front of an audience can be improved. In order for this to happen, you must practice your presentation over and over, imagine yourself in front of an audience, or practice with a friend or family member.

Next, you should ask for feedback on your performance. Feedback helps you improve because you are introduced to your strengths and weaknesses. Then, take your weaknesses and work on ways to improve them. For example, maybe you need to work on more eye contact and body posture. To improve eye contact, you should practice reading and staring at yourself in the mirror. Second, you can look up at your audience after two to three sentences. To improve body posture, you should stand up tall and firm. Make sure you aren’t leaning on something or rocking back-and-forth. You want to leave your hands by your side and remain still.

If you are someone that talks with your hands, then avoid too many hand movements. Too many hand movements looks like you’re waving throughout your presentation.

After you have completed these steps, give it one more shot! The more you practice, the better you become!

Camren J Packer, 9  says,

“I would say practicing your presentation at home or with your family and friends helps you remember the specific things you need to improve in order for the presentation to work,” Camren Packer, 9 said. “You should pretend that you are talking to yourself in the mirror to elimate stage fright. Lastly, you want to have great eye contact, posture, and grammar so that the presentation is understandable.”

Mrs. Proctor said “I take a deep breath before I have to speak publicly. It helps lower my heart rate and nerves. Also, I try to practice my speech prior to giving it so I am comfortable with the topic.”

These tips and pointers should reduce the fear of giving a presentation.

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