So, I fail at academic presentations. It is absolute torture for me when a professor assigns something for me to research and then present to a group of people. Professors always say the same thing, "well, you'll have to do it sometime in your life, it's a good skill to have." Yes, there is the possibility that I might want to present something to a group of people someday, but I would hope if I felt compelled to speak to a group, I would know what I was talking about and it wouldn't be about some subject that was completely alien to me the day before. I am sure it's a good skill to develop, but I just BOMB when I have to speak in front of others, even the best laid speeches crumble when I try to give them. I can of course blame my lack of preparation, I am sure if I spent 3 days rehearsing I might be alright, but let me be honest and say I do not even think about starting up open office until the night before I must stand behind the podium.
Anyway, how do you introverts get out of your head long enough to babble about subjects you could care less about? I ask introverts because I also think one of my issues is verbalizing my ideas. I can write and think of at least passable things to say, but when I get in front of people my mind goes blank and my mouth freezes. If only they would let me read what I have written, but professors constantly say, "don't read straight from your work, imagine if all I did was read from a projector!" Well, uhm, I am not a teacher, I don't have the extensive experience that you do. I haven't repeated my lectures over and over again for the past ten years, and I certainly didn't sign up for this class to do the job you were hired for.
Any advice for an INFP just trying to sneak through college?