(Closed) NWR: Speaking Anxiety

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 4
556 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I despise speaking in front of small groups. Hate it. I turn bright red and have at times had panic attacks. 

In front of really, really large groups where I’m speaking o an audience I’m much less nervous than in a small group setting. 
I don’t really have advice because I still deal with it. I know public speaking is a very common phobia.
ETA: one thing that has helped a little is just being aware of the fact that my anxiety is probably not nearly as obvious as I think it is. 



Post # 5
699 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@bowsergirl:  I HATE speaking in front of my peers. If I’m teaching something or I know I have the “upper hand” in the situation, I’m good, otherwise, its a mess.

Have you heard of Toast Masters? It’s a group thats specifically for this kind of thing.. you can practice in front of others!


Post # 6
2622 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I get ervous in front of my peers and not always in big groups, just high pressure situations and I start to make weird sounds. Kind of like I have terets actually. I can not control them. 

I love speaking too, so I get what you are saying. I do volunteer work where I do speak in large groups and it is fine, but in some (not all) interviews and certain presentations where I feel the most pressure I make these uncontrollable sounds.


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