I am having problems facing audiences. During my primary and secondary school period I had inferiority complexes due to my size. Therefore I always skipped and ran from debates, but now I graduated with a good grade from university. I am a teacher now and still have this phobia of facing crowds. No matter how I prepare, whenever I stand in front of the crowd, my voice will be shaking. I really need your advice because I tried every method, but they are not working and it's depressing.

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    Which methods have you tried? Have you tried using the service of a professional trainer or psychologist?
    – Mark
    Feb 10, 2018 at 16:36
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    This might be something more appropriate to discuss with a psychologist than on a StackExchange like SE.Academia. A good response would be highly specific to you, personally, and likely be arrived at after a long dialog.
    – Nat
    Feb 10, 2018 at 16:51
  • Took me a while - at first I didn’t really look at the students : just focused on a point at the back of the room, lots of practise helps and, while they don’t know, the good students do too - asking polite well thought out questions, contributing ...
    – Solar Mike
    Feb 10, 2018 at 17:06

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If you haven't tried one of the beta blockers prescribed for performance anxiety/stage fright, they're worth looking into.

For me, using propranolol before presentations has been much more helpful than I ever expected, and has even had carry over effects. (Basically I suck at talking to most people most of the time, but now I suck less!) Just having the experience of speaking without the physical effects of anxiety turned out to be powerful. Something about breaking the feedback loop, I guess -

The fact that you mention your voice shaking, especially, makes me think beta blockers might help you.

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