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Why do I always start mumbling when I have to read in front of the class?

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Last Updated: 07/24/2018 at 9:09pm
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February 15th, 2015 9:19am
When we're under stress, our bodies tense up and we start to breathe shallowly. The combination of a tense jaw and face and shallow breathing can lead to mumbling. Posture can really help with this: if we take strike open, confident poses we are more likely to feel that way. Breathing helps also. Trying to extend the length of our exhalations will help relax us.
January 20th, 2015 11:50am
Usually we mumble in order to not attract other attention or in this case, the entire classroom. It usually because we are embarrassed and/or to make mistakes if made less noticeable but overall it's because the urge to not be the center of attention
May 4th, 2015 6:28pm
Mumbling is something we can do to try to register what someone has just said. When you mumble, try to figure out what your mind is trying to tell you or what you're saying. It could be signs of anxiety. If you get nervous or anxious, you could always explain to your teacher. They're there to support you, after all.
May 6th, 2015 5:45pm
Its intensely personal yet universal experience..! Itz because we are not sure how we will perform. But some nervousness actually makes us perform better..!
June 5th, 2015 11:01pm
You start mumbling because your body is diverting all of the brain's thinking energy to being nervous! We have an natural response to flee when we are scared. If you are nervous or scared, you body wants to flee - however, your grade depends on you not fleeing from the room! So it takes a moment for your body to overcome this response and allow your brain your to do its job and read.
July 13th, 2015 1:41am
You might have fear of speaking in front of people. Anxiety. There are ways to overcome it but it'll take time and effort.
August 4th, 2015 12:13pm
It's normal and common to be nervous when you have to read/speak in front of others, but you should always remember that basically everybody is feeling the same about it and that nothing bad is going to happen to you, if you get nervous and start to mumble. If it happens, just have a good laugh about it and take it easy and the others will do the same. Always remember that it isn't a big deal.
September 16th, 2015 1:44pm
A lot of people start to feel scared or stressed when it comes to public speaking, it's totally normal. You may have social or generalized anxiety, which can be treated but will take some time
September 28th, 2015 12:31am
Reading in front on a class is stressful so our body tenses up causing it to react in a weird way because it feels vulnerable and we got into a flight fight or freeze mode.
December 1st, 2015 7:49pm
It shows that your nerves are kicking in, and you may not be 100% comfortable speaking around those in class.
February 2nd, 2016 6:50am
Being nervous is natural when speaking to an audience. Three simple tools that I found very effective in combatting these nerves are: - PRACTICE, with your eyes closed or in front of a mirror, out loud, over and over and over; - Be confident in what you're saying/reading and slow down!! - Engage with new people in conversation on a daily basis to get used to that exposure. Look them in the eye and ask them how their day was; and - Memorise your speech so that you can engage actively with your audience through eye contact.
July 5th, 2016 9:24am
It is very intimidating to talk in front of people, so it's normal to be a little stressed about it. Don't forget it's gonna be for a short time and nobody wants to read haha, so they understand you :)
July 24th, 2018 9:09pm
Many people find it difficult to speak publicly, this is very natural and why we mumble, quietly....