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I attended a seminar today in which each of us were required to read certain parts of an article out loud. Each of us were assigned a section and instantly my anxiety began to ramp up. I have always been well read and can read and comprehend just about anything. On the occasion when I come across a word I've never seen before, it's usually not a problem. Reading silently is actually an escape for me. This is NOT the case when I have to read in front of a roomful of people. While the others were reading their parts I had to skip ahead to mine to practice reading it in my head beforehand. Even so, when my turn came I stumbled over my words, got ahead of myself, spoke too fast and at one point even skipped an entire line of words and had to start the sentence over. Felt like a complete illiterate! I got through it but I had to really remind myself to take a deep breath and slow down. Often, when I have to read aloud, I start sweating and my heart races. Does anyone else have this problem? How do you get through it?
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Had this issue back during school all the time. HATED giving presentations in front of the class and would avoid it at all costs if possible. I recall one time where the teacher forced me to get up in front of the class (she was a real ****) and I was visibly shaking throughout the whole thing, classmates laughing.. yea, fun times. She could tell I was incredibly uncomfortable but made me do it anyways. After a while I just started straight up refusing to give any presentation.

Anywho, I doubt I'd be much better at it now a days.
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I recall once at school i actually did a (informal) speech on "bum"! Surprisingly, possibly due to the absurd silliness of it, i wasn't the least bit embarassed, when normally i'd be a nervous wreck.
I think i had the attitude of F*CK society/class/shyness, as i was sick of being made fun of due to my shyness/quietness.
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I attended a college once where almost all our classes required doing a group presentation. It got to the point where I got used to it (I wasn't reading, I would just recite from memory). I found a secret for getting over my shyness during that time: Just talk in a monotonous tone, and watch everyone lose interest in what I'm talking about. At this point, I don't feel so on the spot and by the time I was done, I think most were happy to have me finish.
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