You know that old adage, "People would rather die than give a speech." Well, it's true, at least until you get used to giving speeches or presentations.
How do I know? As a brand new professor, after handing out the syllabus for my very first college class, I moved a chair to the front of the room and sat down. I thought I was going to faint (I didn't). Then I thought I was going to throw up (I didn't). I READ the syllabus from start to finish without looking up. My anti-antiperspirant gave out about half way through. And for all I knew everyone could have left before I was finished. But I showed up to the next class and my butterflies weren't as bad. By the fifth class they were almost gone. Now I can't wait to get to class.
Students go to great lengths to get out of giving presentations, from calculating how many points they can miss and still have that A or B, to calling in sick, to video taping the presentation and then showing a YouTube clip to the class (NO you can't do that anymore). I most admire the student with the shaky voice who not only delivers their presentation, but also hangs in there for the full time commitment.
So what's the point? When you give a speech or presentation you will be nervous. You may even feel like you're going to barf or faint, but you won't and it does get better. However it only gets better with practice. So think of your ten-minute class presentation as an opportunity to get over your presentation anxiety.
Here's another way to look at it. You are going to give the biggest presentation of your life as soon as you get out of college -- the job interview, so this is your chance to practice.
Here's what not to do:
Do you have any tips that help keep your nerves under control when you give a presentation?