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Helping Students Overcome Stage Fright

One of the most difficult hurdles to any speech or public speaking lesson is stage fright. Before students can get to speech writing or practice they have to face this challenge head on. This collection provides resources to explain why we fear public speaking and tools to help you teach your students to overcome the fear.
A Collection By Teresa Potter
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Helping Students Overcome Stage Fright
  • Teresa Potter says:
    This lesson, designed by a drama teacher, gives a goofy but supportive way to push students outside of their comfort zone to confront stage fright. This won't work with all students, but it is a really fun and targeted strategy for students who you think would be receptive.
  • Teresa Potter says:
    This Ted-Ed video and online lesson discusses the physiology of stage fright. The video starts the lesson giving information, and then the Think section provides questions for viewers to check their understanding. There is also an opportunity to extend their learning with additional resources as well as to start or participate in discussions about the lesson.
  • anxietycoach.com
    anxietycoach.com

    Fear of Public Speaking: the Fear that Stalls Careers

    Article
    Teresa Potter says:
    This article describes some common misguided attempts to overcome stage fright, and instead suggests more effective strategies. This article works well when you describe public speaking to your students as a skill that will help them reach their career goals.
  • anxietycoach.com
    anxietycoach.com

    Blocked by Performance Anxiety

    Article
    Teresa Potter says:
    This excellent article describes performance anxiety, the more clinical name for stage fright. The author provides an easy to understand and comprehensive description of what performance anxiety is as well as strategies for overcoming the fear.
  • edurhetor.wordpress.com
    edurhetor.wordpress.com

    Fear of public speaking - a worn-out cliche?

    Article
    Teresa Potter says:
    This is an excellent article that examines the nature of the societal focus on stage fright. The author makes the excellent point that some fear can be good for speakers. I have used many points from this article with my students who use fear as an excuse rather than trying to work on it.
  • sixminutes.dlugan.com
    sixminutes.dlugan.com

    Do you Fear Public Speaking Death?

    Article
    Teresa Potter says:
    This short humorous article discusses the fact that no one has ever died of stage fright. The author looks at Google search results for several different causes of death showing that more people have died from blogging than from public speaking. I pair this with the video on why we fear public speaking to help my students feel confident to overcome their nervousness.
  • Teresa Potter says:
    In this video the speaker explains the psychology behind why we fear public speaking. My students have found this information enlightening because when you understand why we fear public speaking we can then begin to move past it.
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