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i have trouble speaking in front of people in conference. what can i do to get better?

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Dr. Mary Efremov
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Extremely common: This is very normal, takes practice as you get less stressed over subsequent episodes. If severe, consider a mental health specialist for other techniques.

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I've been feeling more tired and have some difficulty speaking. When should I see the doctor?

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Difficulty speaking: The most common cause of "difficulty speaking" is shortness of breath. This is usually a sign of serious illness including pneumonia, blood clot to lung, heart attack, asthma, heart failure, or other severe allergic reaction. You should see a doctor promptly for shortness of breath. Fatigue is a separate problem. Most people can cope with it if it is short-term; after 2 months, see a doctor.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Could I have a speech problem develop overnite?

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Dr. Andrew Ho
Dr. Andrew Ho answered
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Unusual: Anything is possible but this is quite unusual. Depending on the kind of problem, sudden changes tend to point to either a catastrophic brain event (e.g. Stroke, infection) or psychological (e.g. Anxiety).
A 43-year-old member asked:

Can someone with a speech problem hear themselves speaking strangely?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Depends on type: Some people may not be aware that they have a speech problem, e.g. Lisp. Stutterers/stammerers are aware of it. Some stroke victims are very aware of garbled speech. Others are fluent, make no sense, and are completely unaware. Sometimes the speech problem is associated with hearing issues.
A 31-year-old member asked:

I have trouble speaking in front of my class. What can I do to get better?

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Dr. David Mann
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Anxiety: One way to improve is to know the subject matter very well. You can practice in front of friends or family. The best way to get better is to get out there and do it ! dont try for perfection. The goal is to do an acceptible job. With experience, you will do better. Remember, most people have some anxiety with public speaking. The audience will be on your side. They know it is hard.
A 38-year-old member asked:

I have trouble speaking in front of people, what can I do?

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Dr. Grace Ho
Dr. Grace Ho answered
Clinical Psychology 16 years experience
Practice : Practice before speaking to a group, use cue cards to remind yourself what you want to say, and practice speaking in front of a small group then gradually imcrease the number of audience. The more times you speak in front of people, the more you will find yourself become more comfortable. You can always start with a group of people you know who will make you feel less nervous and judged.

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