Sunday, October 30, 2005

Please Help.

I try and stay away from personal bloging (unless im drunk). I never wanted to get too emo on here. And that's not to say im going to now. But I have a bit of a quandary.
As many of you know, I have to give a presentation for the first time since high school. To some, this may not seem like that big of a deal. And my rational side is telling me its not.
Yet going on past experiences. Well, lets just say none were good. Just ask matt about my grade 12 English speech. I think I've developed a bit of a phobia towards public speaking. Actually I don't think it, I know it to be true.
This brings me too my current problem. 1) How do you get over phobias in less than 48hrs? 2) Anyone have public speaking tips

Solutions I have come up with: 1) drink a couple shots of tequila before class. 2) Drink tones of caffeine and coffee so im completely hyper and not worried about everyone else. Though both these ideas are funny, they're not exactly practical.

so In conclusion PLEASE HELP!!

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Current Music: Wolfe Parade-Shine a Light
Current Crappy Movie: Blade: Trinity


Blogger Graham said...

How do you get over phobias in 48 hours? The short answer is that you don't.

You're not going to like this, but an important part of overcoming any fear is confronting it. The more you speak in public, the easier it will become.

As far as public speaking tips go, the best I can offer you is to go at a comfortable pace. If you can relax enough to focus on what you're actually saying, the words will come much more easily than if you try to rush through it.

Also, it's very important to remember that 97% of the class will not be paying attention to anything you say. Most people just don't give a fuck. I try to remind myself of that when I'm giving a presentation, and it always helps me to relax.

1:13 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

When's your presentation again? Tuesday?

You could rehearse in front of us on, say, Monday.

A little bit of alcohol before the presentation might not be a bad idea either. Just make sure you remain coherent.


11:23 AM

Blogger M Rexin said...

As someone who was witness to that Grade 12 speech, I have to say that your public speaking has definitely improved since then.
Like Graham said, dont rush, just relax. I hate public speaking too, Id rather do it sitting down than standing.
But if youre confident about what you have it helps a lot.

Im guilty of never making eye contact with people when I talk to them, but if that helps you, I like to look at a point on the wall, so at least it looks like Im looking at people.

Tone of voice and phrasing are important. Just speak clearly and concentrate on the words, not on the fact that youre in front of a class.

Over dress or dress nice. I know this is petty, but it makes me feel good to look good when I make a presentation, rather than look like the Dude from Big Lebowski.

Rock that presentation, Mike.

8:19 PM

Blogger M Rexin said...

nice crappy movie, by the way. Notice how Triple H sells for Van Wilder, but doesnt sell to anyone else?

11:50 AM

Blogger Graham said...

So, how did the presentation go?

6:44 PM

Blogger Dickolas Wang said...

Yeah, how'd it go?

9:05 PM


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