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Globster
Globster Community Co-Production Group Posts: 839 Pioneering
Hello 
I have got to do a verbal presentation for my GCSES English online class but I get very nervous about speaking in front of people and would appreciate you advice on how to deal with this difficult situation 

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  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 12,211 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi there 

    Do plenty of practise , make sure you know your subject,  use prompt cards , try di it to a friend or family first 

    For something calming before like reading or listening to music 


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  • wilko
    wilko Member Posts: 2,413 Disability Gamechanger
    @Globster, hello, have you a choice of subject mater?,if you have a free choice then talking about a subject your passionate about should not cause you any issues.  Take your time speak slowing but fluently so those listening can hear and understand. Taking about a subject you have a lot of interest and knowledge will be of great help. Have a start, middle and end knowing how long the talk has to be will help prepare the subject matter having notes out of the cameras view to use as reminders. Good luck.
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,251 Disability Gamechanger
    I was given some great advice 35 years ago when I was about to speak to 200 people, it was if your mouth goes dry (as it does when speaking in public)just put your tounge on the roof of your mouth for a few seconds, always works.
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  • Geoark
    Geoark Member, Scope Volunteer Posts: 1,374 Disability Gamechanger
    I was once advised to start with a joke, to help relax things.

    A few years ago I was invited to speak at a conference full of housing association CEOs and Finance Officers. My opening line -

    I must admit I was nervous when asked to speak in a pit of vipers whose main concerns were their pay packets and bonuses...

    I looked out at the sea of bemused faces, along with the horrified look on the faces of the people who had invited me. So continued -

    So it is with relief that I find myself among people who are as passionate about tenants as I am.

    The rest of the presentation went well and was well received. When speaking to the organisers it was suggested that I should not introduce jokes in future.

    @Janer1967 and @Wilko are absolutely spot on with their advice. Knowing how long you have will help you prepare your presentation. Lots of practice and cards with key notes will also help you to remember where you are or what is next. Giving a good presentation is probably around 80% preparation, with the other 20% putting your presentation together. So give yourself time.

    If your talking for longer than five minutes I would suggest having a glass of water at hand. It can help if your mouth gets dry, but also gives you a few brief moments to collect your thoughts, check your notes, or if you find you are talking too fast can help to slow things down. 

    As a general rule, I would aim for between 100 to 200 words per minute. So for a 5 minute presentation around 500 to 1000 words with aiming at around 750 words. Something I have found useful is filming myself when preparing for giving a talk. It helps to see how I sound, but also helps to pick out any distracting habits that formed. Though to be fair I had already given a number of presentations before I tried this.

    All that said I know some very experienced presenters who still get nervous before hand.

    Good luck.

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  • Cher_Inactive
    Cher_Inactive Posts: 4,414

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    Hi @Globster

    How are you feeling about the presentation now?  You've received lots of helpful advice here and believe me, you aren't alone in this fear but it can be overcome! 

    I think the main thing is lots of preparation and practice, while something I've tried before is thinking about how a public speaker I admire does it.  So you could look on Youtube for examples of them speaking and get some tips - for instance, do they talk slowly? are their shoulders relaxed and do they look up at their audience?  If you can take-away pointers on what makes a good talk, and put them into your own, that might help.  

    Importantly, if it's causing you worry, speak to your teacher about it so they are aware.  Don't put too much pressure on yourself and just be you  <3 I'm sure you'll smash it!
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  • WestHam06
    WestHam06 Member, Scope Volunteer Posts: 1,380 Pioneering
    Hi @Globster,
                           How are you? How are you feeling about your presentation? What is your subject matter? I can only echo the advice that has already been given here on the thread. When I have had to speak publicly, I try my best to start with humour, just to relax myself and the audience and try to engage with them. Just remember you've got this :) Best of luck, thank you. 
  • Globster
    Globster Community Co-Production Group Posts: 839 Pioneering
    edited March 18
    a quick update has just been given the news that I will be doing my GCSE English over two years instead of the normal one year
    I have less pressure on me because I have been told that my verbal presentation can be used as practice this year and get ready to do GCSE qualification next year 
  • Queenofdisabilities
    Queenofdisabilities Member Posts: 91 Connected
    Hi Globster how are you?
    That's grat news for you sounds like you're  very happy about that.
    Wel done & good luck!
    Take care 
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 12,211 Disability Gamechanger
    Good news that should take the pressure off a bit 
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  • Kit_
    Kit_ Member Posts: 31 Connected
    I hope it goes well for you. While you may want to do the presentation to prove to yourself that you can, you should also be given the option to present only to your teacher as an adjustment. Whether you would find that more or less anxiety inducing I don’t know! If you really feel that you would be caused an unmanageable amount of anxiety you can ask to submit a written script instead. 
    Having said that, I’ve given presentations before when I really didn’t want to and felt a real sense of achievement afterwards. As people have said, preparation is key. Good luck :)
  • Globster
    Globster Community Co-Production Group Posts: 839 Pioneering
    edited March 26
    Hello to scope community 
    I did my verbal presentation to the barriers, people with Cerebral Palsy on pubic transport and accessing shops I passed it but I won't to get merit or distinction next year when doing the presentation next year for really thank you to the amazing members of online scope community for there fantastic  advice  
  • WestHam06
    WestHam06 Member, Scope Volunteer Posts: 1,380 Pioneering
    Hi @Globster
                          Congratulations on your fantastic achievement :) Remember, you've got this :) Thank you. 
  • Ross_Scope
    Ross_Scope Posts: 4,890

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    Amazing news, well done @Globster :) 
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  • Richard_Scope
    Richard_Scope Posts: 2,912

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    Fantastic!
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  • Globster
    Globster Community Co-Production Group Posts: 839 Pioneering
    edited May 6
    Hello All 
    Just update, My English and I have decided that GCSE might not be right for me and I may more suited to a creative writing course. I have found that getting feedback from teacher says not quite right as been demolishing for me   
  • Richard_Scope
    Richard_Scope Posts: 2,912

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    Hi @Globster
    Why did the teacher say that to you?
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  • Globster
    Globster Community Co-Production Group Posts: 839 Pioneering
    @Richard_Scope
    I have been struggling with the level of work I think could see that was a struggle to get written work up to the level for GCSE English
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Posts: 5,974

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    I'm sorry to hear that @Globster. It can be really hurtful when it feels as though someone doesn't have faith in your abilities, especially a teacher. Have you spoken to them about how this has made the feel?

    It does sound as though the creative writing course could be a good opportunity though, as it's quite tailored towards the things you're into. Have you been given any information about the course, such as what's included in the syllabus? 
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  • Richard_Scope
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    @Globster, I did creative writing and really enjoyed it. 
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  • Globster
    Globster Community Co-Production Group Posts: 839 Pioneering
    @Tori_Scope @Richard_Scope
    I appreciate both your advice I feel I might take a short break before taking other courses.
    I feel mentally drained by the stress that the GCSE English course has given me.
    I might do things I love to build my confidence before doing another course 
     
  • Cher_Inactive
    Cher_Inactive Posts: 4,414

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    Hello @Globster

    I just wanted to say hello and send you lots of virtual support.  I'm so sorry the GCSE English course hasn't worked out as hoped but try not to let it dishearten you.  Your passion for poetry and way with words is clear for all to see and you have so much to offer.  Hopefully, with a mini break and some head space from this experience you will feel revitalised and ready to go again.  In the mean-time, look after yourself and think about all you've already achieved.  We are very proud of you here at Scope <3
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  • Globster
    Globster Community Co-Production Group Posts: 839 Pioneering
    edited May 6
    @Cher_Scope
    I appreciate everyone kind words you are all truly amazing and thank you for all your Scope online community support and kind words

  • Pixie51
    Pixie51 Member Posts: 66 Courageous
    @Globster I am doing creative writing, it is lovely, and when sharing your work in class everyone is supportive as they have to share theirs too ;) Best of luck moving forward with whatever you decide to do, you will be amazing!

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  • Globster
    Globster Community Co-Production Group Posts: 839 Pioneering
    @Pixie51
    I appreciate your advice and I will definitely do a creative writing course once I have had a short break 
  • Caz_Alumni
    Caz_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 624 Pioneering
    edited May 7
    @Globster I just wanted to get in touch and add a few more words of encouragement and support to all that's been said so far. 

    I think you should be so, so pleased with everything that you've achieved. Don't let anybody else take that away from you. I know that's easier said than done sometimes. But try not to be too disheartened by one person's words and actions. And make sure you keep on your own path in terms of doing whatever it might be that you really want to do. 

    You're the best judge of your own accomplishments. And you should be really, really proud of yourself.  <3

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  • WestHam06
    WestHam06 Member, Scope Volunteer Posts: 1,380 Pioneering
    @Globster,  
                       I just wanted to thank you for sharing your poetry with us here on the community. You clearly are a natural and your words are so inspiring :) I'm sorry that this particular venture didn't work out, I was always told it's the process not the end product that counts and you gave it a go. You are amazing and I wish you the best of luck with whatever you choose to do next. You'll ace it :) Thank you. 
  • Globster
    Globster Community Co-Production Group Posts: 839 Pioneering
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    @WestHam06
    Hello @Caz_Scope and @WestHam06
    I appreciate both your kind words I have other ventures I want to do but I will you know once got the ideas of the ground I will let the scope online community updated thanks you all for your amazing support and advice 

  • Caz_Alumni
    Caz_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 624 Pioneering
    That's what we're here for @Globster. :)

    You take care and enjoy a bit of time out if you need it. All the best with whatever you're thinking about doing next. And we're looking forward to hearing more about your other ventures!

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  • Globster
    Globster Community Co-Production Group Posts: 839 Pioneering
    Hello 
    just a quick update my attempt to try to get my GCSE English done somewhere else because one person who hates leaving things incompleted but quite sure where going do yet but will you know once made a decision where 

  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Member Posts: 1,966 Pioneering
    Good luck with your GCSE 
  • Ross_Scope
    Ross_Scope Posts: 4,890

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    Best of luck @Globster :) 
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  • Globster
    Globster Community Co-Production Group Posts: 839 Pioneering
    thank you to all of the Scope online community for your support 
  • onebigvoice
    onebigvoice Posts: 184 Courageous
    @Globster,
    Hi and welcome,
      I would just lie to say good luc as advice here so far is all good.
      Glad you have had an extention over 2 years but really once you have given your first reading, you may find like me where you really are.  Subject of choice?  Doesn't really matter, as for instance A Dive Masters Certificate requires a 10 minute talk about something that is chosen by the panel of 6, and is also given to others invited to take the same test.
      When your 4th or 5th and then while the person is taling you are taen behind a screen and given something to talk about and it could be anything from a Whistle or Flare to giving Expired Air Resusitation in the water? ( EAR )
      That is the extreme, in your case you have a subject so reserch it.
    Write down at the start bullet points in word what to think is the order you want to talk about, and may be squeezing in bits as they come to you that may be more relevant at the start than the end.
      You will find that once you start how much you realy know and just needs a little coaxing out, you will soon be in full flight and remember to try to stick to relevant points that you want to put over, so good luck and expect to see you on TV, man gets resounding applause as disitation goes down a storm. 

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