Public Speaking is Easy…Really?
I’ll never forget it. 6th grade. The year I found out that my clothing choices weren’t in style because they weren’t bearing designer labels like the rest of my classmates. That having to wear glasses classified me as a nerd, even if my grades didn’t reflect that classification. And they most assuredly didn’t. The year my hair started spouting oil and my skin revolted. The year I realized I abhorred public speaking.
Despite all the aforementioned winning qualities, none of them spared me from having to stand up in my non-designer wardrobe, with my oily-hair and skin on a blemish-free strike, to address an entire room filled with my whispering and laughing peers. For a grade. A grade I had to have unless I liked 6th grade so much that I would remain there. Forever. It was a hard choice to make.
“Do I hear 100, 100, 100-yes! Now gimme 150, 150, 150-sold!”
I still have nightmares about that day. Trying to appear composed while standing (trembling noticeably) there, not even so much as a podium to hide behind, my eyes anywhere but where they were supposed to be (making eye contact with my audience) and mumbling the speech that I would have sworn I memorized 10 ways to Sunday, but apparently hadn’t. Had I decided to go for the world’s record fastest speech given, I may have stood a shot at the top 3 and probably could have gone on to having a solid career as a auctioneer. But as for the grade, well…let’s just say I squeaked through without an inch of room to spare. Yeah.
Public speaking for me as easy as…”Giving a cat a bath successfully is like trying to put a wildcat in a burlap sack….” That was part of my speech that I remember to this day. Funny how that can be used to fit a lot of different things. Try to make a kid take a shower before we have to leave, try making a redneck wear something other than the T-shirt (non-designer) that’s not full of holes from a welder’s torch, or trying to get some peace and quiet. Don’t believe me? No problem. Just go grab a burlap sack and…
- Public Speaking Nightmare? Call a Writer! (topfamousspeeches.wordpress.com)
- The Fear of Public Speaking (topoftheslushpile.com)