How to Act Nervous

Everybody gets nervous, but it's a lot harder to act nervous in a school play or when you're trying to squirm out of some responsibility. Not fooling anybody? Here's your guide.


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    Dart your eyes around, as if you are looking for some escape. Look everywhere except for the person you are speaking to. Stare at your shoes, look at the door, or out the window. The speaker will soon pick up on your vibe.
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    If standing, shift your weight profusely or slide one foot across the floor back and forth. If you are sitting, try to slouch and lean backwards in your chair at the same time. You might want to stare at your hands and/or tap your feet together.
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    If you're a nail biter then bite your nails, if not, just pretend to. Remember to be convincing, though.
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    Stammer a little when you talk; sort of stumble over your words. If you can't stutter, then just say "um" or "uh" before, in between, and after saying something.
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    Try putting your hands behind your back and rocking your weight from your toes to your heels repeatedly. Also, look around the room and scratch your head or ear every once in a while.


  • While looking at the door suggest a longing to leave, looking at the clock would suggest boredom and could hurt the speaker's feelings. Stick with doors and windows.
  • Lick your lips every once in a while. Just a little bit; not like the Joker does on Batman.


  • Try to look pretty innocent, if you don't you could come off as impatient and offend the person you are speaking to.

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