Ending nervousness and jitters while giving presentations.


KARACHI -- We all have experienced some level of nervousness and jitters while giving presentations to a full house or addressing a gathering. Some even experience clammy hands and shaky hands syndrome, before their voice turns shaky and they begin to stammer and fumble. Does this happen to you? According to a new study, the fear of public speaking, or facing social anxiety is not uncommon at all. If you thought your voice changed due to a psychological fear of not being able to present in the public, think again. According to science, your body does experience a certain pressure in situations like this which takes a major hit on our vocal cords. When symptoms begin to arise, the most common change is seen in our breathing and voice patterns. A lot of it has to do with the way our anatomy is structured. Vocal folds, a kind of skin tissue surrounding our windpipe are meant to protect us from dangerous situations, like when we experience certain breathing trouble, wind pressure, stress and even at times, preventing us from inhaling water in our lungs. So, when this happens, ergo, the body experiences a gush of stress (be it from loud noise, startle or pressure), and the vocal cords get triggered. Facing this fight or flight response, the muscles present around the cords contract, forcing it to either activate or close up, impacting your speech and vocal tone.

This makes you feel stifled, difficult to speak properly, which can induce added pressure and make you tremble and sweat at the sight of a trigger. Scientifically, this is referred to...

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