I have been a Lpn for a few years and want to go for my Rn but I am terrified of public speaking. Any advice? Also do you have to give speeches in other classes?
2nd career RN. My 1st career included hundreds of presentations to audiences that ranged from 1 to 1,000. Big & small companies, ceo's to regular employees, consumers, local/state/federal/foreign governments, mostly receptive, some hostile. Public speaking is scary but can be managed and you can grow to love it.
- know your material. Note cards are ok for referencing but don't read from them.
- if an audience, size doesn't matter, then divide in quarters, pick a target in each and pitch to them in order. As you scan from target to target, you'll "make" eye contact with the entire room.
- have water available. Dry mouth or a cough can be fixed.
- don't lead with a joke unless you're a natural comedian.
- practice in front of a mirror and family/friends.
- the more public speaking you do, the better you get. Like almost everything.
- have fun with it. Be a star.
Last edit by emtb2rn on Feb 21, '13