I have difficulty with communication

I am a really shy person. I'm currently in a graduate program which requires lots of presentations, but they always make me feel stressed out and less confident. How can I get more confident?

Sherry Katz, LCSW
Sherry Katz, LCSW
Couples and Family Therapist, LCSW

Have you tried rehearsing to yourself or a trusted friend what you will present to the class?   

The more confident you feel in a safe space, the more chance there will be of making the same presentation to a larger group.

Giving presentations is not necessarily a difficulty with communication.   It has more to do with performance than expressing yourself clearly.

Practice, practice, and practice, until you see yourself improve in how you present.

Also, keep in mind that whatever anxiety you may feel about making a mistake, the audience is almost alway much more forgiving than the person who feels anxious.

Anxiety heightens fear, so whatever concerns you have, check if they are growing from anxiety instead of a realistic assessment of your abilities or audience receptivity.

Good luck!

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