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1. The Fake Speaking Anxiety Fix
Here's some helpful images from The Zombie Guide to Public Speaking:
Remember, the additional anxiety caused by lack of preparation is small and is IN ADDITION to the constant huge hum of anxiety that is always there for the nervous:
I'm tempted to think this rash of fake advice is from people reading things like "6 Ways to Write Blog Posts that Get Swagalicious Engagements, Retweets, Fame and Fortune, Including the Most Crazy Weird Tip of All!!!", but really, if you look at most unengaging textbooks in most academic fields, they are filled with lists of things so that we can make multiple choice tests of things that we need to test because they are lists and so we should test them and oh look Power Point so let's use bullets and make lists of things on the screen so that students can write them down to take tests on the things that we put in lists so that they can take tests on things so that when we hear that tiny tiny voice in our heads in the middle of the night that asks us how we know that what we teach matters, we have numbers to throw at that voice, numbers that matter because they are numbers that measure performance on the test that measures knowledge of the lists of things which we no longer remember were created by textbook companies in the 70s and 80s to make their books sell more easily to programs that were trying to train grad student teachers and since we've forgotten that we can just say to that stupid night-voice that yes a large percentage of students have learned the lists of things and when we wake up and fill out our self-evaluation for the year we can collate the numbers of students who tested well on the questions about the lists of things into a LIST OF THINGS we will call takeaways or dashboards and we can use this to prove that we are good teachers and that we are not wasting our time and that all the students on RateMyProfessor who hate us don't have the cognitive complexity to know what they are talking about because they have not yet finished memorizing the lists of things.
So, yeah, don't blame blogs for stupid lists.
You can tell real advice because, even if it is in the ubiquitous list format, the list has entirely different, more humane elements. Here and here and here you can see what people who really know anxiety create.
I have real advice for you. My list is two things. And I've got practice tips. And I've helped people with this before.
2. The Fake Blog Content Fix
Here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.
This is like advice to score more baskets to win the game. Blearghhhhh!
The fun irony is that none of those are good blog posts.
Wrapping up the screed
Stop reading fake advice.