Im going to be a politician but im not very good at public speaking, i get very nervous, any advice?

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any advice would be helpful :)

Posted Thu 1st March, 2012 @ 18:32 by Gabby Tracey

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Many of the best politicians of the last century have had issues with public speaking, Churchill had to learn all of his speaches word for word and got cripplingly nervous. Thatcher had to have speach lessons to control her voice when she got into a debate. I think the main thing to do to deal with nerves is to be prepared with both a speach, some sort of contingency if it all goes wrong and practise. The more audiences you do the more you will be used to speaking in front of them. Its a good idea for political public speaking to assume an air of control, people will listen to someone who sounds calm more than someone stumbling. When i have to do this i try and become arrogant. I do it for public speaking and exams. Waiting for it to happen when there is nothing more you can do i relax when everyone else is frizzing out. Just think "I have this" "I am prepared so nothing can go wrong". And if you do make mistakes don't dwell on it and try to speak out of it, don't waffle but if you miss out a few lines of your speech it doesn't matter- the auidence won't of read it and so will probably not notice. 

Also on politics, its something i'm interested in, i'd love to sit in the Commons at some point. I think to get on you have to be really pro-active. I would join the local party of the one that fits my ideology and attend as many meetings as possible. It maybe a novelty for the existing members someone young being there but it will be great experience. Also watch speeches as often as possible, there are loads of good lectures on the BBC website http://news.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/hi/house_of_commons/newsid_9487000/9487828.stm 

Question time would be a good watch too as it is the politicians dealing with pressure. So yeah, Good luck!

Answered Fri 12th April, 2013 @ 21:58 by James Ellis
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Remember to stay calm.... that probably sounds like a impossible thing to do but all you have to do is concentrate on your breathing. If you being to stutter just take a deep breath and remember that people aren't judging you, they're judging what you're saying.

Hope this helps :D

(((Btw, i also get really nervous when speaking in public)))

Answered Fri 2nd March, 2012 @ 10:51 by Fyzah :p
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DONT BE A POLITICIAN THEN....BE A LIFE LONG LAD

Answered Tue 21st May, 2013 @ 18:43 by LAD_LAD_LAD
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SOLID LADvice THERE. APPRECIATE IT

Answered Tue 21st May, 2013 @ 18:44 by LAD_LAD_LAD
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dont become a politician then

Answered Mon 23rd September, 2013 @ 10:49 by Mykel
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Practice makes perfect when it comes to public speaking. My old English teacher entered me for loads of competitions and now when the whole classhas to do a presentation everybody gets nervous except me! It's great so i thik you should:

  1. Work on being politely outspoken in school- expressing your views
  2. Look around for competitions to improve your skills
  3. Put a lot of effort into presentations in school.

Good luck!

Answered Fri 2nd March, 2012 @ 17:20 by Jason Bunting
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I know what it is like trying to speak in public- I get very nervous too :)

What I do is I try to stay calm before I go on and try not to think about it too much as I start getting more and more nervous. Also, you can try talking a little slowly so you can think about what you want to say and avoid stuttering. Lastly, I try to remember the fact that the audience usually understands what you are going through as they probably get nervous too, and they usually want you to do well.

I hope I helped :D

Answered Fri 12th April, 2013 @ 20:36 by Anastasia
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I think thatpublic speaking is something that all people stuggle with at one point in their lives! So dont feel alone!!

I was a shy, indian girl until I took an intrest in Drama and studied it right through til A Level. The key to public speaking is acting confident even when you are not. I found that when I was a little bit nervouse about a speech or performance, I would pick up a book in my room and try to perform/deliver that. Just hearing youself speak, read the words and try to emphasise certain words (: The more you read aloud and try to make your voice more commanding, captivating and expressive the more confident you will become in it.

Honing your skills of speaking aloud means that youll be 80% of the way there! Now all you have to do is do it publicly... Don't be afraid, these people are waiting to hear what you have to say and you have the chance to change their views and really engage them. This is what you want to do, and YOU WILL SUCEED IN IT! (:

Don't give up!

Answered Wed 22nd May, 2013 @ 10:42 by Aisha
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just practice what you are going to say lots and you will be fine!

Answered Wed 22nd May, 2013 @ 10:55 by Hannah-may
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Make sure you look into the eyes of the person you are talking about to show that you aren't scared, and remember we are all just human after all. No one is better than the next person. So follow your dream and become passionate about the subject and you will find it comes naturally because you love the subject so much. Trust me it works. Speaking from experience, Alice

Answered Wed 22nd May, 2013 @ 16:20 by Alice Deane
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You sound like a spacker, so you'll probably be a great politician! keep up the good work! another good piece of LADvice

Answered Thu 23rd May, 2013 @ 09:36 by Jack Barton
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speak clearly and loudly

Answered Thu 1st March, 2012 @ 18:47 by Abitracey
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start practising first with small assemblies then move up.....

Answered Thu 1st March, 2012 @ 20:23 by Rayman08
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Before you do any public speaking, think about the reasons why you want to be a politician. If it's really what you want to do, your desire to be a politician should be greater than your fear.

Also, long pauses can work as a dramatic tool that can be utilised if you're stuttering or panicking and having cue cards are helpful. If nothing else, they give you something to do with your hands if they're shaking

Answered Fri 2nd March, 2012 @ 15:46 by Cara
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thanks so much guys, all of these comments really helped :) cant wait to give them a tryyyy :))))))) xxxxx

Answered Sat 3rd March, 2012 @ 13:27 by Gabby Tracey