What? Who in the world would be afraid of a stage? It's talking on one in front of a bunch of people that gives us the willies.
|5th Grade||Language Arts|
|Elementary and Middle School||5th Grade|
Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to reduce your fear so you don’t capsize. [Captain with wet trousers]
Get it? Capsize? Because the boat thing…? All right, moving on.
First, be prepared.
Make sure you’ve thoroughly researched your topic and make sure that you’ve practiced
your speech a bunch of times. As they say, practice makes perfect. [Girl practicing speech in a mirror]
And perfect makes… good grades. …Okay, that’s not a saying, but it’s true.
Sometimes when we get nervous, we start thinking nasty, negative thoughts about ourselves.
If this happens to you, try to replace those negative thoughts with positive ones.
We know, it sounds cheesier than a big ol' pizza covered in Cheetos, but it’s good [Person holding pizza covered in cheeto's]
to remember how awesome you are. And don’t forget, the people watching you give your
talk are doing so because they want to hear what you have to say. [Journalist filming batman]
Another good way to calm yourself down when you’re nervous is to take some nice, deep breaths.
It might even be helpful to try a little meditation… [Girl meditating by a park]
Or even some yoga.
It’ll relax you and improve your flexibility. That’s a win/win if we’ve ever seen one.
When we get nervous, we can sometimes speak way too fast. [Girl stood at the front of the class]
That can cause you to stumble over your words, misspeak, or generally make it hard to be understood.
Keep that in mind and try to throw some pauses into that speech.
Remember, slow and steady wins the race.
Okay, so that parable isn’t necessarily about presentations, but just bear with us, here. [Girl running in a race]
You might have stage fright because you’re afraid of people judging you. But remember,
most people are usually so worried about themselves that they don’t have time to judge you!
Like we said, there are billions of people in that boat. Chances are, some of your shipmates
are in the room with you, and are just as scared of their presentation. [Students gasping]
It's kind of comforting to know you're not alone, right?
And our last tip for ya? Try to take the focus off of yourself and connect with your audience.
Work on connecting with them, rather than worrying about how you feel.
That’s how you put the “we” in “pwesentation.” [Coop points to pwesentation]
…Okay, yeah, that was a stretch.
And, of course, if all else fails, there’s the old stand-by of picturing the audience
in their underwear.
Which might work if you’re giving an Oscar acceptance speech…but maybe not so much
if you’re presenting in a retirement home… [Boy gives speech in retirement home for benefits of exercise]