Why is speaking in front of a auditorium full of people full of anxiety but in a seminar room not so much?
Speaking in front of a group can often result in the calmest of people experiencing anxiety, nervousness and fear. Teachers, on the other hand, rarely describe experiencing the same apprehension.
Although there are some differences between speakers and teachers, there are many similarities. Regardless of whether you are teaching or speaking, you are, in fact, communicating - using your voice, body and, in some cases, audio/visual material. Although public speaking often features less direct interaction with the audience, the goal for both is fairly similar: sharing information with your audience and have it resonate with them. Tip:
Consider your next speech as a teaching opportunity. Make the "mental" shift, take the pressure off of yourself (and how you are going to appear to your audience) and place it firmly on meeting your audience's need to understand, appreciate, and learn from the information you want to provide to them. You'll get the message across better and the audience will be more at ease listening. © 2009 Institute of Management Consultants USA