In-class exercise for stage fright

Have the students break into small groups and list:

  • Five symptoms that someone experiences with stage fright
  • One strategy that you have seen someone use to deal with it (from performances, sports, etc.)

We start by listing off several symptoms then bridge into the physical and psychological reasons that they happen. Later, I have the students talk about strategies they’ve heard (some good, some bad) and use that to bridge into various strategies I’ve seen work for students.

My response to “picture the audience in their underwear” as a suggestion is “that’s a great idea if you have a lot of experience speaking to people in their underwear.”


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I believe public speaking can go from most dreaded class to favorite class. I'm a former public speaking college instructor who spent years seeking out activities, assignments and examples to make the class interactive as well as educational -- they are collected here. I welcome suggestions for additions.

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