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StewieSwan
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#1
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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#2
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.
Last edited by Darkflame at Nov 14, 2012,
Pagan_Poetry
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#3
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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#4
Pretend you're going to a club with pick up girls. Except you're gonna pick up all the girls at the club. At the same time.

So be charming to everyone.
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#5
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#6
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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#8
I just look above their heads and don't look at one place for too long. Works for me.
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#9
Quote by Darkflame
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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Pagan_Poetry
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#10
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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#11
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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#12
Tip #1 when speaking to a classroom is: Make sure there are people in it or else you look insane.
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#13
Quote by Darkflame
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.


good advice is good advice.

Really see it as acting.
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#14
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#15
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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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#16
Know your topic inside out. Be able to recite it in any order or backwards and be an expert on it.

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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#18
Quote by Pagan_Poetry
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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#19
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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Pagan_Poetry
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#20
Quote by Mathedes
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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#21
From what I've heard, it helps to look at someone you feel comfortable while doing the presentation, obviously not all the time but fall back to him/her every time you feel nervous.

PS: I'm talking out of my ass because when I give oral presentations I get super nervous and sweat like a pig... which makes me more nervous so I sweat even more until I finish my presentation... it sucks.

Also, I'm reading this with interest since I somehow managed to screw myself and volunteer to act a scene of a play in front of a group... seriously, being as socially awkward as I am I don't know how I managed to **** myself over like this.
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#22
I used to be bad at it and would get nervous and fumble through it. But here's how I got over it: stop caring. Prepare as best you can, but then stop caring.
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#23
Quote by StewieSwan
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


Whenever I did presentations I would imagine that everyone in the room did not give a shit. They didn't care if I stuttered, they didn't care if I made a good or bad joke, they were just as nervous as me and that we all worked together somehow in order to get through this nerve wrecking situation. It always worked for me.

Also, try to look at everyone's noses or forehead instead of making eye contact. Some eyes can divert your thinking elsewhere.
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#24
Yep it is true, it is some sort of general tip for speaking in public.

I can't comment because I am super-relaxed talking to big groups, I love it. But I haven't really practiced either and I usually don't prepare too much, don't bog yourself down in notes. Keep a few short sentences as support and free talk.
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#25
Open your face and use your diaphragm to propel air through your vibrating larynx and vocal folds. Take breaths between sentences.
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#26
A couple of years ago I had to give a very intricate final economics presentation to my class and renowned economics professor. I didn't understand the concepts, and could only memorize the content. I was freaking out.

Not knowing what to do, I bought and chugged an entire 32oz redstripe in the bathroom before going to class. This turned out to be way more than I could handle in such a short time, and I was pretty much drunk after sitting in class 5 minutes.

I dunno, the rest is a blur...
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#27
There's a chapter in the book Mindhacker about memorization that really helped me out. Instead of just reading through your prepared note cards thoroughly to memorize them, read through them and try your hardest to memorize the first sentence of every card. I find that with all the songs and speeches I write that if I remember the first sentence of each paragraph or stanza, the rest comes to me pretty easy. That'll help eliminate the um's and er's.

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#28
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Whenever I did presentations I would imagine that everyone in the room did not give a shit. They didn't care if I stuttered, they didn't care if I made a good or bad joke, they were just as nervous as me and that we all worked together somehow in order to get through this nerve wrecking situation. It always worked for me.

This is good advice. I also remind myself that I don't laugh or look down on others when they're nervous or make mistakes in their presentations, and that everyone else is the same when it's me doing the presenting.
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#29
The best advice I can give is to not screw up, because if you screw up, the consequences will be devastating. Everyone is going to think you're an idiot, it will be incredibly humiliating, and you will probably get jumped/murdered.

Nah, I'm kidding. Just relax and realize a lot of the students might not be paying as much attention as you think. Not trying to be insulting, but this approach always helped me with public presentations.

EDIT: Oh, you're a teacher? I was thinking you were a student making a presentation. In that case, I can't really help too much because I have no real classroom teaching experience.
Last edited by MrDo0m at Nov 15, 2012,
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#30
Just be confident, which is easier said than done, even if you feel like you're faking, pretend to be confident it will come across well.
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Before you go in, if you have any doubts, just remind yourself that it has to be done. It won't last forever.

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#32
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A couple of years ago I had to give a very intricate final economics presentation to my class and renowned economics professor. I didn't understand the concepts, and could only memorize the content. I was freaking out.

Not knowing what to do, I bought and chugged an entire 32oz redstripe in the bathroom before going to class. This turned out to be way more than I could handle in such a short time, and I was pretty much drunk after sitting in class 5 minutes.

I dunno, the rest is a blur...
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#33
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People legit give that advice? I thought Trousers was just taking the piss.


I was I was assuming they were minors.
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#35
Eye contact scan more than a stare down. Speak a bit louder than you normally would. That will prevent you from stumbling over your words. Don't scream just be loud. Works.
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#36
Imagine the attractive portion of the female audience is naked.
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I got a B in that course. It was economic growth and development. Very hard. I didn't even have the prereqs for it; I dunno how in the hell the prof let me stay in there.
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#38
My trick is that I never have solid script with specific things to say, that just makes me more nervous. I just have general guide lines, and keep it somewhat casual. If your teacher wouldn't mind this, and you're not bad at improvising to a certain degree, this will definitely help.
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#40
Get stinking drunk..acid may be in order too.. it's clearly easier to lecture elves and such.