There is one aspect of training to be a nurse that never fails to instill me with fear - giving presentations.
According to Jerry Seinfeld, the average person’s greatest fear is speaking in public. This ranked even higher than death which was third on the list.
“So, you’re telling me that at a funeral, most people would rather be the guy in the coffin than have to stand up and give a eulogy?”.
It’s a strange thought but I know what he means, I also campaign a lot for the environment and I have to give a lot of public speeches. The fear is just terrible.
So why are student nurses expected to be good at public speaking? Will it really help us to be better nurses?
During the course of your training you will be required to give presentations usually lasting around 15 minutes. It is often in front of your peers and often in small groups, but no matter what the circumstances are, no doubt you will be feeling anxious.
How do you tackle the fear of speaking in public? Do you have any tips and advice that could help other student nurses preparing to give presentations?
Let us know.