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Toastmaster’s as an outlet to dealing with speaking anxiety

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I have been involved in Toastmasters for about 3 months, in hopes of getting myself more comfortable speaking in front of a group. I have taken the extra step to volunteer for roles in which I am terrified to do. In doing so, I continue to feel mass amounts of anxiety, quivering jaw, perfuse sweating, shaking hands etc. I feel no more comfortable than when I first began in the group. What can I do?

When I refer patients to Toastmasters (which I do frequently), the objective is to use the group to learn to make “friends” with their adrenaline. Giving a “good” speech is by far secondary to this therapeutic objective.

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