Stage fear in college days

@yaso4u (502)
India
January 2, 2012 10:15pm CST
In every ones college life, all are tend to cross seminars and project presentations. what so ever we prepare there will be some fear inside us. I usually prepare to start the presentation by not giving my eye sight to any one, after some time i will get into audience and make eye to eye contact with almost everyone.Any how still i will feel fear inside me while going into presentation. Friends share your experience in making presentation. Hope everyone had fun in it.
9 responses
@ravisivan (14053)
• India
3 Jan 12
Now I work as a freelance faculty. But during school/college days I never use to attempt participating actively in the class in discussions. That was certainly due to fear. After coming out of college only I developed confidence and am able to address groups well now. Nowadays I guide the students to get over this stage fear by giving them the topic on which they can talk confidently.
@yaso4u (502)
• India
3 Jan 12
Hi ravisivan sir, If you give ceratin tips to improve our presentation skill then it will be very useful for our life. Thanks in advance.
@ravisivan (14053)
• India
4 Jan 12
I am not giving technically too much. Choose people before you as equals. Think about a topic --using what, when, why, how, where, which, who? --for the topic. Use simple sentences. Look at the eyes of a few people. Use visual media if possible. Present the points one by one and elaborate the points mentioned by you. An essential aim of conversation is to give pleasure to those with whom we converse, pleasure not in the sense of being amusing but in creating an atmosphere. Avoid an unpleasant attitude. However, irritated we might feel at the turn the conversation has taken, we should maintain the dignity of being pleasant. We might be forced to say something unpleasant. Above all practice, practice is what is required. You also require people who can appreciate you.
@FluxNL (503)
• Netherlands
3 Jan 12
Yes Iam still at school (higher education - master) and I have still the fear the present at a huge group even a small group, because every eye is pointed at you. Atleast you expect it to be. But when I present front my class (childrens) I doesn't feel fear. It is weird. With my classmates I feel fear, but with my class I doesn't feel any fear ;o (Iam on a education to become teacher)
@yaso4u (502)
• India
3 Jan 12
Hi FluxNL, Your correct when we present to higher groups or equal level groups then it will be little bit uncomfort. But if we are giving presentation to low age students then we are in comfort zone.
@buddha3 (1029)
• India
3 Jan 12
I think it happens due to lack of practice. In the Indian education system, we hardly do presentations and give talks in our school life except for some competitions, which only few of us participate in. Hence, when we enter professional courses, we face this fear factor. I was a good speaker in my high school days and the teachers always used to select me to participate in inter-school competitions. But, in my graduation I joined a college where there was nothing happening. We were all dormant for 4 long years. Now, I'm in my masters and have to give presentations almost every week. There, even if I feel I'm confident and not actually afraid, my voice naturally trembles!!! I'm so surprised and also feeling low because of it. I know that I'm not really afraid and I very well know what I'm presenting. But still it happens. I'm sure it's due to the lack of practice by being idle for 4 years of my graduation :P
@yaso4u (502)
• India
3 Jan 12
Hi buddha, Your correct in Indian education system the interaction is very low and hence we suffer when we goto next level.
@myzhian (586)
• Philippines
4 Jan 12
Hi yaso4u, College life really very challenging and exciting to everyone. However you really need to exert effort and conquer your fears especially for project presentations, demonstrations, reporting and research defends. I normally ready to proceed to my presentation by smiling and and having an eye contact with my instructors or professors to gain support and confidence, because I know that they will not let me down if ever I will mess up! And next thing is saying HI to greet my warm audience, just to have an assurance that they were all ready to listen to my discussions, and they could raise questions, comments and recommendations for my reports to develop so that I could deliver a good presentation!
@tiina05 (2319)
• Philippines
3 Jan 12
Hello, Yeah, i experience shAking of feet and body whatever the report is. Even how prepared I am it still happened to me. They keep telling me to be confident because you know your report than your listener but still i can feel the fear inside me. That i cant control. I am practicing myself in facing the crowd because i know it will help myself at all. Right?? I should be confident in every task that i must do.
@indi15 (883)
• India
3 Jan 12
This happened to me also. In the beginning my legs used to shiver i was so afraid of stage and audiences. But i guess the more you face them, your fear goes away.
@enelym001 (8333)
• Philippines
3 Jan 12
I've experienced the same thing. I usually lose my voice whenever I am in front of the class. It started since I was in grade school up to college. But thankfully my last year (only!) in college, I've managed to gain confidence a little. It was too late but then again at least I think I have overcome it.
3 Jan 12
Stage fear occurs to everyone and it is not confined to students but for all. The amount for time we spent for that gradually it will be reduced. There is plenty of opportunities for students to come out of the stage fear. They should use that opportunity to come of that.
@Mashnn (4503)
3 Jan 12
I had the same experience when I was in college. What I used to do is to make sure that I understood the topic quite well that I would explain without having to check the powerpoint. It worked really well for me and I would gain confidence within a short time.