I am current enrolled in a storytelling class, where we discuss elements of storytelling and tell stories in front of the class. I have little to no stage fright anymore, and don't get nervous before a show anymore, but when I have to tell a story I get all the symptoms. I feel sick, I shake, I sway, I wring my hands, I stutter, and I feel dizzy. I think the problem is that I don't have a script. When I know what to say, I am calm and collected. When I am improvising I freak out.
On October 11th, 2007 07:02 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
I totally sympathize. I remember breaking out with four fever blisters at once from the stress of having to make a speech. When you say "improvise," if you mean that you are just given a topic in class and told to go with it, that is really tough. But if you have some control over your subject and perhaps know it beforehand but must speak off-the-cuff, you can always try the old trick of speaking before a mirror at home and getting your thoughts together. Even if you must speak with no prompts at all, you'll still know where you are going. Let us know how this goes, and if it is appropriate, break a leg.--Grandma