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Public speaking course

Tools for nervous speakers
Do you dread the idea of speaking in front of a group? If so, you’re not alone. “Glossophobia” (or fear of public speaking) is an extremely common problem.

While the majority of people describe some mild-to-moderate level of discomfort with speaking in public, at least 20% of the population feel acutely nervous in the face of a presentation. This nervousness can manifest itself in many ways—some experience pronounced psychological discomfort and physical symptoms (such as shaking, vocal constraints, rapid heart-rate, mental “blanks”, etc.) when they go up to speak, while others find themselves actively worrying about (or making plans to avoid) a presentation event long before it’s due to happen. The good news is that most people can learn to handle their symptoms with the right tools, and with regular opportunities to practice.

What the course covers

This course aims to equip nervous speakers with a variety of strategies and techniques to improve their experience of presenting. In a small-group environment, we will work through a combination of relaxation exercises, mindfulness techniques, physical and vocal warm-ups, and concrete presentation skills to help equip you with the tools to manage nervousness, and build your confidence as a presenter.

The course also involves a gradual progression of short presentation exercises geared towards slowly confronting nervousness and feeling more comfortable in a speaking environment. For this reason, it’s important that you can commit to attending as many sessions as possible—as a group, you will function as each other’s audience and support, and it’s also vital that you continue to practice and develop on a regular basis.

How to sign up for the course

The course is geared primarily towards international students and those studying in English at Lund University. Places are limited, so if you’re interested in participating, please get in touch as soon as possible. For more information, or to register for the course, please email us at english.support [at] stu.lu.se with the subject line “Public Speaking”. Be sure to tell us what you’re studying, and a little about your experience with speech-related nervousness and/or what you’d like to get out of the course. We will get back to you soon!

Course start: 18 April (six sessions in total)
When: Tuesdays, 16:00-19:00, every week (final session 23 May)
Where: Room 306, Academic Support Centre, Genetikhuset, Sölvegatan 29B, Lund.

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Contact information

Academic Support Centre
english.support [at] stu.lu.se
+46 (0)46 222 3695

Skype: academic.support.centre
Twitter: @ASCatLU

Visiting address, Lund:
Genetikhuset
Sölvegatan 29B, Lund
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Visiting address, Helsingborg:
Campus Helsingborg
Room E204B