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Old 12-05-2008
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I just gave a presentation, and I hate them.

I hate them so much. I just had to say it.

I was held up all morning with anxiety on giving the presentation. Going through exactly what I'll say.. cuz i can't just be causual. Couldn't even eat lunch until after the presentation.

And even now, after I've given it, I feel like crap and I will feel this way for the next week. I will think about it and feel like I did a bad job. I feel like I was boring as hell. I feel like people's positive remarks "Good job on that" are fake. They are just trying to be encouraging. But they are all saying "she sucks" behind my back.

Okay. I know there is a possibility that I did actually do a good job. But it still just makes me feel freaking terrible. Like everyone can see through me.

Did I mention, I hate presentations? :cry:

Anyone else feel this way after a situation where you need to talk to a group of people? That rational side of me tells me I did fine, but for some reason, I feel really crappy. It sucks
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Old 12-05-2008
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It's tough, I know how you feel. I'm glad that now that I'm in university the presentations are rare, but I had to give a speech about a week ago and was pretty damn nervous about it. Just focus on the fact that it's over and now you can relax. People wouldn't compliment you on your presentation for no reason and even if someone in the audience didn't like your presentation, they already forgot about it and moved on, and its best to do likewise and not dwell on it.
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Old 12-05-2008
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i really don't see why anyone HAS to do presentations... you're just repeating the same crap that (in most cases) you already wrote a paper on anyway so you're just regurgitating the same info. it's a huge waste of time to me. i hated presentations when i was in school/college and they only make me determined to never go back to school again. i don't care if i need to do a 1 day class for a million-dollar job, i'm not going back!

but yes, i felt like that every time i had to do a presentation, especially group presentations. those were the worst! i always overanalyze every word said and everything done by me and everyone else... and obsessively i might add. to this day, i still think back to years ago when i did a presentation or was around others and did/said something embarassing. it's part of the reason i avoid being in gatherings of any kind, i can't deal with the overanalyzing and obsessing.
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Old 12-29-2008
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I have to do lots of presentations in college and it frustrates me so much, because I'm always so anxious about what to say and if my voice is too soft/loud, or do I have to make people think I'm funny and crack a joke once in a while. I just end up going through the presentation and feeling so relieved, not remembering most of the things I said afterwards.
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Old 12-29-2008
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When I was in school I often played the avoidance game when it came to presentations. I'd happily take an "A-" or "B" over an "A+" just to avoid having to get up in front of the class and speak. Whenever I did go through with a presentation it would be absolutely miserable.
A lot of people would try to tell me that it wouldn't be all that bad if I just did it, but man were they wrong. Often times it was worse. I was a complete and utter nervous wreck. The sweating was awful, and I had to be very careful to make eye contact with the audience or else risk point deductions on my grade. That made things even harder. Eventually I decided it wasn't worth it, and now I don't give presentations at all unless absolutely necessary. I began to notice that some of my classmates did the same.
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Old 01-05-2009
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me too, even though i have done presentations so many times i'm still nervous....but many says that it was normal and every people will feel anxious, but the different is how we manage the anxiety..sometime i did ok but sometimes it is going worse..i will have a lot of presentation this semester but still could not feel calm when thinking about it... psychologist ask me to think positive b4 go to the presentation, always tell yourself that u can do it..if others can you also can...i have tried this and it's work...some said i'm improving a lot prepared well b4 the presentation and understand the content of the presentation...try presenting infront miror or ur friend..if u lose, it's okay, because next time we can try again...chance are always come...just how much u have a determination to try and willing to improve yourself...just ignore what people say especially negative people...i'm still trying to improving myself in this area...besides that u can take propanolol or other beta blocker, if ur shaking could not be control.... believe me practice make perfect..just dont give up ok....
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Old 01-08-2009
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I am taking a Biology course and an agriculture course for university (first year) and BOTH of the have presentations. The agriculture course has 2 or 3 group projects, on top of that. No idea how I'm supposed to get out of all the group work I'm supposed to do. The presentations I think I can get out of. Part of me wants to attempt the presentations (I haven't done one since 2005) but I am going to worry later - when I know what the project is on.

I hate how presentations are necessary, most people look so confident and competent in front of others :(
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Old 01-13-2009

I absolutley hate them too and think you shouldn't have to do them.
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Old 01-06-2010
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I can soooooo relate to this!! Thank goodness I am through with college. I absolutely dreaded doing presentations. At the end, no one is analyzing your every word. I always felt so nervous, my voice would kinda shake, and I couldn't speak as loud as a result of being so nervous. It's weird b/c when I was younger, I did presentations and public speaking/singing all the time. I guess as I became older, I became more self-conscious, anxious, insecure, etc. I just always wonder what happened to me during the years?
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Old 01-06-2010

Presentations are great, actually. You can share your knowledge with those people, provided they are interested and you know something of value about the topic you are supposed to present.
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Old 01-06-2010

There is no way to embarrass yourself. That's all in your head.
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Old 01-06-2010

Presentations are hell on earth for me!
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Old 01-06-2010
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Yep, I hate them as well lol, I would always get way nervous but after it was over I never felt bad about it. I do have trouble looking up at everybody though! I tend to look down, group presentations are much easier, I haven't done a solo presentation in awhile.
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Old 01-06-2010
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I get panic attacks... I really needed to give good presentations, but... All of them went to the ****hole no matter how I prepared or I haven't prepared at all. I didn't went to final bachelor assertion(don't know how to say that) first time, only from second time I defended my bachelor degree. I did my work, but I just needed to do presentation and answer the questions...
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Old 01-06-2010
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I hate presentations too. I have no idea how I am going to get through public speaking next semester.
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Old 01-06-2010
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Oh yeah I hate giving presentations, I get all nervous just thinking about them. I remember I felt really nervous about my last one, but when I got some reviews on it, it seems I actually came across quite well.
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Old 01-06-2010
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did a presentation the other day

went there all confident and ended up screwing up by the end and stuttering.

My mouth was dry and I was all hot!

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Old 01-06-2010
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I failed a college course because i never showed up to do the final presentation. I passed the repeat exam, so it ended up OK. They should have just given me the option of doing the exam instead, in the first place!
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Old 12-12-2012

I’m an adult learner and I’m currently taking a Level 2 art course which I have to complete to progress onto an illustration degree.
My grades up to this point have been faultless but now I have just been hit with the news that we have to do a presentation on Leonardo da Vinci and I’m nervous as hell at the prospect and I’m even considering quitting the course just so I don’t have to go through the shame and humiliation.
I haven’t done a presentation since I was in high school and I just remember how nervous I was back then and how I nearly fainted during the whole ghastly business .Presentations are literally my worst nightmare and I just don’t see why I should be put through this kind of ordeal which could,if I don’t go through with it, initially wreck my whole future career.

Ps ; I’m so glad I found this site, it’s great to know I’m not on my own in my hatred of this pointless exercise in embarrassment and humiliation .
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Old 12-12-2012

It’s about time that the fear of public speaking should be held as a recognised phobia much the same as a fear of heights, open spaces etc. It’s not fair that certain people that would otherwise do really well in business, college etc, fail because they are disabled by this terrible fear.
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