The heavy rain and traffic led to one of the lowest number of attendees to The One Core Monthly Learning Session. Still, I feel that my first speaking gig was a success.
After all, I did manage to finish it without fainting or vomiting… or, worst, fainting and vomiting. 🙂
“According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.”
— Jerry Seinfeld quotes (American television Actor and Comedian, b.1954)
I was and still am part of this group.
Some of my high school friends do NOT believe this because they knew me as the smart ass who always had some smart ass opinion to share during class. What they failed to realize was that I never said those things in front of the class. I was always hiding behind the comforts of my seat. They have forgotten how I bombed (or did I skip it altogether) in reading the news during the Morning Assembly. Nor do they remember how I cracked under pressure in a Quiz Bee that the teachers forced me to participate in.
In uni, I was in tears after I froze in front of the class during a speech. Yes, uni… in tears. Don’t judge me! 🙂
Admittedly, my fear of public speaking is not as bad as it used to be. My time as a leader in Youth For Christ helped me get better. However, the chills (and the numerous trips to the bathroom) before a speaking gig are still there.
How about you? Do you have stage fright? How do you manage it?
Then again, I would not want it any other way because it keeps me grounded. It makes me give that extra effort to prepare for a talk.
The wonderful thing about this first speaking gig was that two of the most special people in my life were there to support me, the wifey and Big Bro.
They were not only there to support me, but also there to critique and give me honest-to-goodness feedback on my talk, both content and delivery. I will not write down everything here though. Those tips deserve a post on their own.
The most important thing that they told me was that the ideas I shared were good, but I need to find a better (more entertaining) way of expressing them. That way, it will be easier for the audience to remember the points and truly help them make better life decisions in the future.
How about you? What was the best public speaking tip you have received?
Ryan’s top five talent themes are:
Relator, Arranger, Learner, Maximizer and Individualization.
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