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Why can't I talk easily in front of my class?

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January 4th, 2018 5:00pm
Because you don't feel confortable or are nervous or insecure. This is perfectly okay, some people have more trouble speaking in public than others, but it is a skill that can be trained, practice leads to perfection.
January 7th, 2018 1:44am
It is normal to find it difficult to speak publicly in front of groups of people. It is an unusual situation, talking without necessarily receiving an immediate response, and feeling like you are on show. It becomes easier with practice, and I find it helpful to remember that the audience are far less interested in any mistakes you make, and more interested in the things you have to tell them. In that way most of them are on your side, even if it doesn't always feel like it.
January 11th, 2018 1:33am
You might have what is most commonly known as a social anxiety disorder, or it could be a minor thing like soccasional stage fright
January 28th, 2018 5:56am
Because you're afraid of being judged- of what they might say, think or how they might talk amongst themselves in front of you. You may think that you'll end up doing something stupid. But many people feel that way, I know I do. The truth is, most people don't care about who's saying what in front of the class, they will be too worried about their turn to speak. And other times, you can't really control what they think. People will always have something to say, you can't stop them. So why worry about things you have no control over? Relax, and be the best speaker you can possibly be.
January 31st, 2018 5:53pm
Everyone feels anxiety when stepping in front of a crowd of people, especially if you know them. Think less about them, and more about your speaking points.
January 31st, 2018 8:58pm
Feeling nervous or embarrassed when talking in front of lots of people is fairly common. However, if you feel like you are overly anxious - for instance, suffering from stammers, extreme blushing, increased heart rate or being teary - you may suffer from Social Anxiety. You may want to google some of the other symptoms and consider speaking to friends or family if you believe it is causing you stress or hindering the way you live your life.
February 1st, 2018 4:02am
it's stage fright, or just being scared or having insecurities. it's a normal human thing, being nervous.
February 10th, 2018 3:29am
Public speaking is not an easy task for people who have anxiety or are not naturally outgoing. Even though someone might have prepared and rehearsed their presentation beforehand, it’s possible that the fear of being judged by classmates or the potential for embarrassment and failure on behalf of oneself causes the mind to blank out.
May 9th, 2018 8:09am
Often times not being able to speak easily in front of others goes down a combination of reasons. One being fear, two being anxiety, and three being low self-esteem/lack of confidence. These can come alone or hand in hand. Fear is often deep seeded. What one might originally think may be the cause might just be the shell around the egg. -Am I afraid of being laughed at? -Am I afraid of being judged? -Am I afraid of being seen as foolish or dumb? -Am I afraid of not being good enough? -Am I afraid of failure? Those are common and completely normal fears that many people experience prior to a speech or important debate. It is acknowledging those fears and knowing that what they think or say doesn't matter unless YOU let it. Trust yourself and you will succeed, and if you make a mistake don't let it take you down, let it help you learn to become better. Anxiety is often misunderstood. And because of this many mistake their fear for anxiety. Or confuse the feeling of being nervousness with that of the mental condition. We all feel afraid from time to time, just as well as we also will feel nervous about things. Which is an entirely normal aspect of life. But to have anxiety is a much different and more intensified mix of the two. To know if you have anxiety the best option is to seek a mental health specialist. After confirming that you have anxiety there are various methods of coping with it. Therapy, medication, and finding your own coping mechanisms can help you relax whenever you feel anxious. Anxiety can be a temporary condition or it may last lifelong, but there is no reason to let it keep you down. It is best to ask yourself this. -Is this me being nervous, fear of the unknown, or is this anxiety? (If fear then consult the fear questions above, if nervousness let yourself relax, just breathe, it will all be okay, if anxiety then continue.) I highly recommend that you find multiple coping mechanisms for your anxiety. They are great stress relievers, and can often times greatly calm you down at times when your anxiety flares up. It is also good to think about why your anxiety was triggered, it usually helps to understand why you feel a certain way. It is very common for people to lack self-esteem or to have little confidence in yourself. And it's okay. It's our natural instinct to question ourselves or our abilities before putting ourselves into a situation. We must, however, learn how to not let this natural human instinct control how we feel about ourselves and our actions. It is always good to have a helping hand around to help boost you up, though we must step up and help ourselves up as well. Let yourself understand we all have our ups and downs, and that even the most confident, level-headed person could secretly be hiding their insecurities. Once we acknowledge how we feel, and learn how normal it is, and know that there are others who feel the exact same way we can get through anything. I hope this is helpful to all who read this.
May 23rd, 2018 6:27pm
Not everyone is comfortable in front of an audience and this can result in shyness which is completely fine, it is normal! But if you find this fear is controlling you ie you're avoiding it then it could be more than just shyness. Figure out why you have this fear, what is the worst that could happen? Whats the best thing that could happen? And the most likely? If you know why you feel this way it becomes easier to solve.
June 21st, 2018 11:25am
Fear is the most probable reason why I can't talk easily in class. The fear of their judgement which is all in my head
July 25th, 2018 6:41pm
Because you are nervous. Because you know, that one little slip-up and everyone will judge you. Because all of those eyes on you add pressure to you. You have to know the answer, know the speech, the debate, the slideshow, everything. And if you can't recall what you were going to say, you freeze. Like a deer in the headlights. But hun, you can't do that. If you are doing a presentation, practice like none other. Gather together all of your stuffed animals and anoint them as your audience. Have notes to help guide you, but don't rely on them, for then you sound like a robot. If you don't know where to put your hands at when you are presenting, wear a sweatshirt or jacket that has pockets. Put something small in the pockets, like your pencil or eraser, and just secretly play with it as you talk. It helps to relieve your tension. If a teacher calls on you for an answer, DO NOT freak out. Take a deep breath, and say the answer. If you don't know it, it's ok. It's ok to say, "I don't know ma'am." It's even ok to go up to the teacher and whisper to her the answer or to whisper that you don't know. There are ways you can get better at talking in front of your class. All you need is a little push here and there. You got it hun.
August 18th, 2019 5:59pm
Talking in front of classmates can be a daunting thought especially if we lack self esteem and confidence. Perhaps you need to work on building your own self esteem and confidence first and then talking in front of your class will become easier. Just remember they are just like you, they are no better or worse and you are entitled to talk just as much as they are. Perhaps talking more outside the classroom in front of people will help you build up to talking in a classroom setting. Once you are comfortable talking outside the classroom, you could then progress onto the classroom. Just remember you are not alone.
January 3rd, 2020 1:51pm
This can be a different form of stage fright, wherein you get the same fears and symptoms, but not on stage. It’s also common for those with anxiety to feel the same way. Some people fear the worst when they have a chance to talk in front of the class, such as the students ridiculing and laughing at you, or the teacher might shame you for getting it wrong. I’m training to be a professional actor, and I’ve had these kind of fears before. It’s best to present last, so that you can have an understanding of how it will feel to present in front of the others and maybe you can see how you might be able to alter your text at the last minute, if possible. It’s also good for getting the fears out of the way first before the presentation because afterwards, it will all feel worth out and you can relax, knowing that you have been successful in presenting in front of your class
January 4th, 2017 6:47pm
It can be really hard to talk in front of a group of people. There are a lot of different factors that can go into it, but it sounds like you're having some anxiety about it. Deep breathing can help calm you down before you go up and speaking slowly will help you stay on track. As for why, only you know that answer. That's something that is different for everyone.
January 7th, 2017 12:19am
The biggest reason why I can't is because I have this irrational fear that by asking a question/providing an answer will sound stupid and be wrong causing my classmates to judge me which can all be avoided if I remain quiet and let someone else ask the question. Typically this was common during the first couple weeks of the semester but once I became comfortable sitting up front and with the same people all the time, it because easier to participate in class, even in my huge lecture hall classes like Biology and General Chemistry.
February 1st, 2017 8:24pm
Maybe your class is full of judgmental people, or maybe it's because you feel the pressure to be perfect and you focus on being perfect wondering what everybody thinks of you. Maybe it's just who you are - a shy introverted person. Or maybe you are a person that doesn't speak often. Maybe while you're talking your attention often runs to things other than your speech.
February 9th, 2017 2:05pm
Each person has their own characteristics; some are extroverted, others are shy and reserved. It is up each person to decide if they want to change their nature or accept themselves the way they are.
February 11th, 2017 10:19pm
Its normal to have anxiety over talking in front of a class full of people. The best way to help yourself get over this is to 1.) practice for several weeks in front of a mirror (knowing what you are going to say helps to relax you) 2.) practice with a close friend/relative and ask for tips on improvement 3.) Do not forget to breathe and understand that everyone in the class is probably just as nervous as you are.
March 29th, 2017 4:32pm
Speaking in front of a group of people is definitely pretty nerve-racking, that's why I can't speak easily in front of the class easily. Do I do it anyways? Yes, sometimes. I've learned that we tend to focus on other people more than ourselves, when in fact, everybody is only thinking of themselves and won't remember the time a peer spoke up in front of the class.
April 9th, 2017 11:20am
May be you are afraid of other people judgement. Or may be you are scared of what would go wrong . May be you are hesitant.
April 19th, 2017 10:35pm
It could be several things, and it's important to be able to self-reflect and identify where the problem comes from. Some people are simply shy and don't feel comfortable talking in front of a crowd, which is totally normal. Most people probably feel slightly anxious when they have to. Some are also afraid to embarrass themselves, not perferm as well as they'd like to, or are afraid people are going to laugh at them. All these reasons are legitimate, but it's important to identify what causes you to feel anxiety in that situation.
April 23rd, 2017 1:43am
Are you afraid to make mistakes in front of your peers? It's probably just anxiety if that's the case. If you are feeling anxious all the time around people, then it is probably social anxiety you're feeling. To combat this, you can try talking about it to others, working forwards to not feel so anxious. Finding ways to release your nervous energy is also important. Remember to use baby steps; you can't expect yourself to be perfect at every moment. Work up to it.
April 28th, 2017 12:47pm
It's not uncommon to feel nervous in front of people. You're putting yourself in a position that makes you vulnerable, but I think prepping yourself beforehand makes all the difference. Like telling yourself that you can do it and really believing that you will do amazing, even if you don't believe it in the moment.
May 6th, 2017 10:55pm
Many people feel anxiety when speaking in front of a crowd. We fear that we will not be able to express ourselves eloquently, or that people will be judging us as we speak. It is important to remember that most people feel this way at some point, and that we are often our own harshest critic.
May 10th, 2017 2:38pm
Most people have a bit of worry when it comes to speaking to a group or class. It's completely normal! The fear of making a mistake is human, and to get better with it, you have to take it one step at a time. Start with saying a sentence aloud. Then to yourself in the mirror. Keep taking small steps to get better instead of fearing it.
February 3rd, 2018 9:07am
Because you are lacking self confidence. If youll keep thinking about what others r thinking then you wont be able to perform well.
February 4th, 2018 2:06am
For some of us, it's hard to be in front of a group of people and speak. Sometimes it makes us wonder what everyone is thinking and question if we are doing well. I believe you have to force yourself out of your comfort zone time and time again until something like this ever becomes comfortable.
February 7th, 2018 5:25pm
A lot of times people struggle with this because they're scared of getting judged, messing up and embarrassing themselves in front of the class, or getting made fun of.
February 8th, 2018 6:41pm
It is basically because of fear or shyness. Focus on what you need to talk instead of being self conscious.