This Is Why Your Brain Hates Public Speaking So Much

The nervousness, caused from public speaking, stems from ancient human evolution. Back when we were cavemen, we hunted in groups. The complex social abilities allowed us to evaluate who to pick to be on the hunting team, based on qualities such as trustworthiness or competence. Today, when we do public speaking, we get nervous knowing the audience is evaluating. We do not have favorable responses to nervousness from public speaking, because our bodies only gets ready for fight or flight, not presentations. Here are three ways to reduce nervousness: over-prepare, practice under similar conditions to the real-deal, and be relaxed during the hour leading up to the presentation.

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