Introductions can be tricky. Because the introduction is the first portion of your essay that the reader encounters, the stakes are fairly high for your introduction to be successful. A good introduction presents a broad overview of your topic and your thesis, and should convince the reader that it is worth their time to actually read the rest of your essay. Below are some tips that will make writing an introduction a little less daunting, and help us all to write essays that don’t make our professors want to bang their heads against the wall.
Hi Jumoke. Fear of speaking is common. Here are some tips. 1) Expect to be nervous; it’s normal and natural. 2) Practice a lot until you’re comfortable with your talk. The best way to practice is to videotape yourself using a smartphone or webcam, watch the video, and then keep repeating that until you see a good improvement. 3) Put your attention on your audience, rather than on yourself. Start by asking a question and getting a response from the audience, whether from one person or from everyone by asking them to raise their hand. By focusing on your audience, you’ll pay less attention to how you feel. Good luck!
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