Distress of public speaking may hold one back at studies or work but there are ways to overcome it.
Dubai- July, 2017
Many of the students in the university are having stress and they get nervous during presentations, which effects their academic performance in the end. To find out what is the reason of this issue and why it’s happening to the students, one of the faculty member of AUE Dr. Olga discussed this problem. She earner her Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
She said “The word phobia means fear. People are having different fears from different things. For example, some people are having phobia of heights even if they know they will be safe, but still something scare them which is inexpressible fear.
It is important to know what is happening in our brain, as it is divided in three main parts. The first part of our brain is developed for being responsible for our survival. When we are faced with public and audience this part of brain gives signal that everyone looking at us, we are in danger and we are over awe. The other part of our brain which is called thinking brain shuts down for a bit because we are not used to speak in front of people for this reason students gets nervous and stress.
To avoid and keep calm themselves during presentation students should know that everyone is becomes nervous when they are speaking in public, which is natural and there is nothing wrong with anyone. In the first place students should know the topic and subject that they will present also they should practice it a lot before facing the audience. They can wear the clothes which bring for them luck like some accessories or their favorite top or shoes. The last suggestion and the best one is to practice, practice, and practice in advance’’.
In order to become professional presenter one has to prepare oneself before presenting and understand the topic thoroughly , which they are going to present. To avoid stress during presentation we should follow the tips which Ms. Olga advised to help us overcome this problem.
Rohilah Nasir Ahmad- SNW News