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Most of time I am too nervious and failed to speak well!
Can anyone give some advise?
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People say: "Pretend everyone in the room is naked"

I prefer: "Make sure you know what you're talking about, and get ready to enjoy telling people about it!"
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Imagine the audience are your best friends.

Always start a speech with something to get attention: a surprising fact, a question, a humorous story/joke.

You'll find that it will not only relax your audience but you yourself too.
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Hello Selena-

I suffer horribly from stagefright. It is really not unusual at all. Many people hate and fear public speaking. I once read a survey/poll wherein people were asked about it and a high percentage of people said that they would rather be DEAD than have to give a public speech.

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I have also heard many times that most actors and musicians suffer from bad stagefright in the moments just before the show begins. But most of them say that once they get out onto the stage and the show starts that they get excited energy and then enjoy it. So, maybe once you get started speaking it will go better?

I do not mind at all playing my guitar and singing with friends or even "performing" in a small room with a casual environment but I really have trouble getting onto a stage in a larger room filled with strangers.

I have one small trick that helps me then that may work for you too:

I never think about or look at the roomful of people at all. Holding the idea in my mind of ALL those people being there would terrify me. So, I only think about and only look at one of them. Someone I know who is sitting in the front OR someone who looks like a nice person sitting in the front. I play and sing ONLY to that one person and I only really ever look at that one person. When it appears that I am looking around at the roomful of people I am really only letting my eyes roam around above their heads. NOT looking at them.

Maybe you could try this trick?

Good Luck!!

-michael
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Emotion: big smile Really thanks for all of your advice!!
These are really good advice for me!
But I have one question.
How about a speech close to audience?
I think if a speech is performed on a stage and you are far from your audience, not looking at them or only looking at one person is ok, also the audience won't know what you do.
But if you are close to the audience, and not looking at them or looking only at one will be impolite, right? [:^)]
What do you think about this kind of situation?
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Emotion: smile Really? give a humorous joke or joke at the start of a speech will relax myself?
I always get too serious about the speech and focus on its topic, so I never know I can entertain the audience and also stiff Selena!
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Hello again Selena-

It is 04:07 here on the east coast of the USA.
I am waking with coffee.
Sunrise will be in about 3 hours.

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In my other post to you I said:

"When it appears that I am looking around at the roomful of people I am really only letting my eyes roam around above their heads. NOT looking at them."

You could do this trick even if you were standing at floor level near the audience.
Try looking around at the crowd of faces as a group rather than focusing on any faces.

To everyone in the audience it would appear that you were looking directly at them.

Chris's advice was also good:

"Imagine the audience are your best friends.

Always start a speech with something to get attention: a surprising fact, a question, a humorous story/joke.

You'll find that it will not only relax your audience but you yourself too."


Once you sense that the audience is enjoying your presentation and you hear a laugh or some other response I think that you will get a happy feeling that everything is well and then you will enjoy yourself for the rest of the talk. You may even love it and decide to become an actor?

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Good Luck!!

-michael
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Lol. That was really interesting!
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I really like your performing skills. Do you teach?
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