Discussion Topic: Nervousness and Performance Anxiety

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Discussion Questions

  1. When was the most recent time you felt nervous?
  2. What situations cause you to become nervous?
  3. Any funny, tragic, and/or interesting ‘nervous stories’ to tell?
  4.  How does your body respond when nervous and how do you cope with it?
  5.  Which of these situations cause you the most nervousness?
    – giving a presentation, an interview, talking to your crush, speaking in a foreign language, other?
  6. In what ways have you ‘performed’ in front of an audience?
    (speech contests, sports, acting, talent shows, etc.)
  7. How do you feel before, during, and after the performance?
  8. Have you gotten more or less nervous as you’ve gotten older?
  9. What affects your levels of nervousness or performance anxiety? (sleep, food, type of audience, etc.)

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