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           I don't consider myself a shy or quiet person. In a large group i could easily talk to everyone and socialize without a problem. But, if i was handed a piece of paper and told to read it in front of the group i would be mortified. What's the difference? Something about planned speeches makes me extremely nervous and uncomfortable and I'm sure many of you feel the same way. If anything it should be easier, you know what your going to say and everyone is quiet and listening to you, but it's not. It's horrifying. 


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           According to Christopher Carlin, the owner of the new Public Speaking Website, Successful Speaking, people fear public speaking for numerous reasons.


1. Fear Of Failure - People are scared of public speaking because people don't want to fail.

2. Self Doubt - People don't think that you are capable of speaking in front of an audience.

3. Vulnerability - People feel scared and alone when standing on a stage with everyone's eyes focused on them.

4. Personal Disabilities - For example you have a stutter or you have a disfigured face, and people believe that others will laugh at them.

5. Fear Of Other People Judging You - People feel uncomfortable when others are forming an opinion of them.

6. Perfectionism/Expecting Too Much Of Yourself - People are so overwhelmed by the fact that everything has to be perfect that they don't do it at all.

7. Fear Of A Large Audience - People are scared of standing in front of tens, hundreds, even thousands of people.

8. Lack Of Preparation - People feel that you are not prepared enough to deliver a speech

9. Stress - People do not like the stress of public speaking

  1. Don't Know How To - Some people just simply do not know how to write, prepare for and deliver your speech. 

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/915940

After reading this I thought about how dumb it all sounds. All of these "fears" are solely in your head. There are no actual real, scientific reasons to be afraid of speaking in front of a crowd. If you can speak, you should be able to speak in front of anyone. Although I can say this, and believe it, I know that I will still be petrified to speak in front of a large group. Even after knowing that it is all in my head, it still will be. I plan to just avoid public speaking and if i really have to then I will simply try my best. If anyone else agrees with me, and dreads speaking in public, here are three helpful tips Help

http://www.social-anxiety.com/area-of-concern/fear-of-public-speaking/?gclid=CNLg4Mr51bkCFTBnOgodMDoAKA

http://www.anxietycoach.com/fear-of-public-speaking.html






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Public speaking can be hard! But as we all learned (or will learn) from CAS 100, it is so important! One of the great things about going to a school like PSU is that we have so many resources for preparing for public speaking occasions. We have the Penn State writing center: https://pennstatelearning.psu.edu/tutoring/writing which is great for writing speeches and having someone help you write an interesting and point-packing oration! we also have great stress management programs through CAPS, here: http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/counseling/
I think Penn State really has all the resources we need to become successful and talented speakers!

Public speaking and I don't mix very well. I have always had troubles with public speaking but I am also fine when I'm in a group. During my senior year in high school, we had to do a five minute speech every month in my AP French class. This class was filled with my friends and people that I have known and had class with for almost all four years of high school. I could talk out loud to the whole class when at my desk, but once I got up to the front of the room I would get incredibly nervous. It might have had to do with the fact that I wasn't too good at French, but that is besides the point. I also would have everything planned out in my head but once I got up front I would just fall apart and forget everything. The following article gives ten ways to get over your fear of public speaking, but like everything, these are easier said than done. http://www.toastmasters.org/tips.asp

Public speaking is one of my biggest downfalls in life. No matter how many times I do it, the words "group presentation" send shivers down my spine. Just like you mentioned in your article these are all just silly fears that are all in our head. Why is it so hard to overcome these fears? The one that gets me the most is the fear of being judged. Of course everyone is going to screw up but every time i speak in-front of a group I have this overwhelming fear that everyone is just going to start laughing at me. CAS was a terrible class for me. Luckily I was able to take the group one so the speeches weren't as bad as they would have been if I had to be up there by myself. What can be done to overcome these fears? This article explains it all! http://www.anxietycoach.com/fear-of-public-speaking.html

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