Stage fright or the jitters is normal when training. According to some researchers, people fear public speaking more than death. Even experienced trainers feel some degree of apprehension when stepping in front of a group for the first time. Such feelings often
stem from a desire of wanting to be accepted or liked. You are probably going to have butterflies in your stomach. The key is to get them to fly in formation rather than swarm. Any stress or anxiety symptoms normally go away within the first few minutes when you begin to see people smile and you begin to relax.
Anxiety manifests itself differently for each person. I have heard of people complaining of rapid heart beat, trembling hands, clammy palms, sweaty armpits, dry throat, shaky knees, shortness of breath, rashes, flushed face, quivering voice, and diarrhea. Remember that your symptoms are normal and do not focus on them.
Also, do not act in ways that project the fact that you are nervous. Certainly do not apologize or draw attention to it. For example, if you are shaking, do not position yourself so that it becomes obvious (e.g., pointing to items illuminated on the overhead projector with your finger or using a laser pointer with slides so that your participants see magnified shaking on the screen). Just remember that your learners cannot see and are unaware of most of the symptoms and that it is only in your head that they are a problem. There are ways to reduce your anxiety level before and during a session. Try the following strategies.
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Speaking in front of people, large crowds in particular, is usually perceived as the most stressful experience imaginable. The following ideas in this course are designed to help you, or anyone for that matter, convey your ideas and messages to either one person, or a large group in just about any setting.