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Old 11-14-2012, 07:35 PM   #1
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Tips on speaking to a classroom?

So here's the deal. I got asked to do a presentation on ethnic music and instruments for this music appreciation class this friday. I'm going to do it, but I'm terrified of speaking to large groups of people (especially ones I don't know). Anybody got some tips for me to not be so terrified and awful when I go in to do this presentation? Do I make eye contact with the students? If so, how long? Just simple shit like that makes me paranoid. Halp
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:38 PM   #2
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I'm a teacher, I always pretend I'm an actor and move everywhere all the time. The key to making them interested is to make them participate. Ask some quick questions here and there (What do you know about ethnic music? What instruments do they use? and stuff like that) and to reinforce positive behavior.

How old are they? It's different if they're super young and if they're super old.

EDIT: Also, don't look in a general direction. This is a group of individuals, so speak to them. You can look at a single person and speak, then take a break, look at someone else to continue speaking, don't try to see everyone at once, see each student one after another, they'll feel like you're talking to them personnally.
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:38 PM   #3
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Yes. Make eye contact. As soon as you feel connected, look at someone else. Couple of seconds, but not like 2 seconds. Here. I space it out with each phrase. "Hello class" *next person* "today I'm going to talk" *next person* "about something very dear to me" *pause speech, next person* "Bumsex."


Really take deep breaths. Relax. Take it easy. Pause and make your talking enticing (instead of just "millions are made each year at so and so", be like "At so and so , *pause* they make MILLIONS annually.", emphasizing the millions part (but not too much like you've just had a stroke).

You'll be ok! It is tough to talk to a lot of people but just remember that everybody else is in your position if they have to present. If not, imagine that everybody else would be in your position if and when they do in their lives. When others present, some shake up, but some are damn good and so smooth. It's just as scary for the smooth ones, yet they can pull it off. You can too.
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:39 PM   #4
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:39 PM   #6
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Just make sure you know what you're gonna say.

They aren't there to pick apart and scrutinize your presentation. They're just there to learn something new. If you sound like you know what you're talking about and deliver it in a naturalistic way, then there's nothing to worry about.

You don't have to make direct eye contact with people. One of my teachers once suggested looking at the bridge of a person's nose. It looks like you're making eye contact but it's not as awkward. Remember to look at different points in the room throughout your presentation, but don't give it too much thought. It's not something to worry about. Most likely, no-one will notice, or care.
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This, unless they're minor. Then, it's just wrong.
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I just look above their heads and don't look at one place for too long. Works for me.
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:42 PM   #9
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I'm a teacher, I always pretend I'm an actor and move everywhere all the time. The key to making them interested is to make them participate. Ask some quick questions here and there (What do you know about ethnic music? What instruments do they use? and stuff like that) and to reinforce positive behavior.

How old are they? It's different if they're super young and if they're super old.

EDIT: Also, don't look in a general direction. This is a group of individuals, so speak to them. You can look at a single person and speak, then take a break, look at someone else to continue speaking, don't try to see everyone at once, see each student one after another, they'll feel like you're talking to them personnally.



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No no the picturing of people naked is such a terrible idea.
It makes you feel even more awkward. Trust me, I don't even know why that's such a widely passed around piece of advice.
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Picture yourself naked and chained to the podium. The damage has been done, you might as well act cool about it.
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Tip #1 when speaking to a classroom is: Make sure there are people in it or else you look insane.
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:45 PM   #13
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I'm a teacher, I always pretend I'm an actor and move everywhere all the time. The key to making them interested is to make them participate. Ask some quick questions here and there (What do you know about ethnic music? What instruments do they use? and stuff like that) and to reinforce positive behavior.

How old are they? It's different if they're super young and if they're super old.

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good advice is good advice.

Really see it as acting.
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No no the picturing of people naked is such a terrible idea.
It makes you feel even more awkward. Trust me, I don't even know why that's such a widely passed around piece of advice.

People legit give that advice? I thought Trousers was just taking the piss.
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If you know what you are talking about you will cover every base and there will be no need for questions
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People legit give that advice? I thought Trousers was just taking the piss.


When people are scared shitless, they'll believe anything and then will try to pass it on. I've heard people suggest this seriously and it's freaking stupid.
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No no the picturing of people naked is such a terrible idea.
It makes you feel even more awkward. Trust me, I don't even know why that's such a widely passed around piece of advice.

It's probably the same way they say "Break a leg" before you go onstage.
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I don't have any problems with this at all, so I've got no good advice other than to be more like me. And that is very bad advice, so don't listen to it at all.
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It's probably the same way they say "Break a leg" before you go onstage.


Well that's just a term of wishful thinking and the passing of luck, not a literal statement .
We legitimately had to get someone to stop trying to picture everyone naked, or at least dressed down to their underwear, in a high school drama class of mine because he kept saying it worked if he noticed someone staring at him. He said they were naked and so to him they had every reason to be even more uncomfortable and vulnerable.

I mean what? Even if the whole naked thing is meant to be taken lightly as a joke, some people just... yeah. =/
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