​I have a class that I am teaching in a couple of weeks about creating a natural medicine chest. It's just an informal class in a private home, yet I am nervous and getting more so the closer we get to the October date. I have only taught this class one other time, last year, to a group of friends as a practice class. I read too much from my notes! I have taught children since I was a teenager, but teaching adults is much harder. Adults tend to be more judgmental and critical. And while children are usually brutally honest, are open and accepting for the most part.

Can you say eeeks!?

Any tips to help me get over my nerves or will it just happen over time as I teach the class a few more times? Or am I forever doomed to be nervous teaching/speaking in front of adults? Sigh.

8Theresa GouldChicago, Illinois
    I am always get nervous if I need to speak in front of big group of people. I still learning how to control my anxiety, but here are some tips:
    1. practice your lesson couple of days/weeks in advance.
    2. make sure you get enough sleep the night before
    3. Take deep breaths during your speech/lesson, it will help you to be more relaxed.
    4. Be yourself.
    5.All those eyes starring a hole in you is disconcerting... Pick 2 people, one front right, the other left rear and just alternate talking to them. The rest of the people just disappear...:))
    Good luck!!!
    8Theresa Gould
    Thank you, Elena. I am going to do just that. My hubby is out buying a new printer so I can print out my notes to practice and of course, print out much needed handouts for the class as well.
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      8Theresa Gould
      Leah, I often wondered if teachers get nervous. Did you get nervous when you taught too? Or just in front of adult audiences?
      8Theresa Gould
      That's wonderful you play the flute! My daughter was taking flute lessons up until last year.

      Great idea about practicing in front of a mirror and imaging that while speaking/teaching/playing. Thank you!
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