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57. The science of stage fright (and how to overcome it)
Mikael Cho
<3:53>   October 2013

 

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<Key Vocabulary>
Write the meaning(s) of each word. Write an example sentence (example sentences) if you need.

(1) knot

(2) stalk

(3) deem

(4) podium

(5) overcome

(6) reputation

(7) threaten

(8) primitive

(9) nuance

(10) hypothalamus

(11) vertebrate

(12) pituitary gland

(13) secrete

(14) adrenal

(15) slouch

(16) pupil

(17) dilate

(18) inevitable

(19) charismatic

(20) profound




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<Questions>

  1. Which of the following is not mentioned as an example of what you may experience when you speak in public?

a.  sweaty palms     
b.  hallucination      
c.  breathlessness      
d.  increasing heart rate

 

  1. Why do we get stage fright?
  1. Because we are worried about losing our reputation.
  2. Because we will never be well prepared.
  3. Because many people are not good at talking in front of large groups of people.
  4. Because humans are rare species which give speeches.

 

  1. Circle the correct answers in the parentheses.

Charles Darwin tested ( fight or flight response / his speech theories / self-protective process ) at the London Zoo snake exhibit. He wrote in his diary that his will and reason were ( effective / powerful / powerless ) against the imagination of a danger which had never been experienced.




  1. When adrenaline is released in your body, your digestion shuts down. Why?

   

 

 

  1. The following section describes how we should cope with stage fright. Fill in the blanks.

#1:  (1)                                      

  • It is a natural, (2)                    ,

      full body reaction by an autonomic

      nervous system on autopilot.

  • (3)                   play a huge role in 

      social anxiety.

(e.g.) John (4)                        played

          live many times, but,

          each time, he vomited

          beforehand.

#2:  Focus on what you can

         (5)                                 

  • (6)                            a lot.

       It will increase your

       familiarity and reduce

       (7)                               .

(e.g.) Steve Jobs rehearsed his epic speeches for hundreds of hours, starting weeks in advance.

#3:  Fight dirty and trick

         your (8)                           

  • (9)                    your arms up.

      This will make you relax.

  • Stage fright usually hits

      hardest right before a

     (10)                            ,

     so take the last minute to

    (11)                 and breathe.

  Conclusion:  

We need to  (12)                            to

stage fright, not try to overcome it.





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<Answers>

  1. Which of the following is not mentioned as an example of what you may experience when you speak in public?

a.  sweaty palms     
b.  hallucination      
c.  breathlessness      
d.  increasing heart rate

 

  1. Why do we get stage fright?
  1. Because we are worried about losing our reputation.
  2. Because we will never be well prepared.
  3. Because many people are not good at talking in front of large groups of people.
  4. Because humans are rare species which give speeches.

 

  1. Circle the correct answers in the parentheses.

Charles Darwin tested ( fight or flight response / his speech theories / self-protective process ) at the London Zoo snake exhibit. He wrote in his diary that his will and reason were ( effective / powerful / powerless ) against the imagination of a danger which had never been experienced.




  1. When adrenaline is released in your body, your digestion shuts down. Why?

    To maximize the delivery of nutrients and oxygen to muscles and vital organs.

 

 

  1. The following section describes how we should cope with stage fright. Fill in the blanks.

#1:  (1)  Perspective   

  • It is a natural, (2)  hormonal      ,

      full body reaction by an autonomic

      nervous system on autopilot.

  • (3)  Genetics  play a huge role in 

      social anxiety.

(e.g.) John (4)  Lennon     played

          live many times, but,

          each time, he vomited

          beforehand.

#2:  Focus on what you can

         (5)  control  

  • (6)   Practice    a lot.

       It will increase your

       familiarity and reduce

       (7)  anxiety   .

(e.g.) Steve Jobs rehearsed his epic speeches for hundreds of hours, starting weeks in advance.

#3:  Fight dirty and trick

         your (8)  brain  

  • (9)  Stretch     your arms up.

      This will make you relax.

  • Stage fright usually hits

      hardest right before a

     (10)  presentation     ,

     so take the last minute to

    (11)   stretch      and breathe.

  Conclusion:  

We need to  (12)    adapt      to

stage fright, not try to overcome it.

 

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