First Speech Coming Up…

January 23, 2011 at 1:32 pm 2 comments

We have a reading coming up and my nerves are already shaking. Luckily it’s just reading from something so we don’t have to memorize it. However, we still have to make eye contact with the people sitting in the class! That is one thing that I am not good at because I see them looking at me and then I get nervous when I see their facial expressions. I was going to read a children’s book but when our instructor asked who all was going to do that type of reading and I was the only one who raised my hand, my thoughts changed. My niece loves it when I read to her and she has a couple of books that she loves and I was going to read one of them for the class but they probably won’t be interested. My other option was a poem. I haven’t decided which one I’m going to read yet but I have already read over them several times so I think I’m prepared.

I have always been a shy person when it comes to talking in front of a group of people who I don’t know or know if they like me. All I know is that when I get up there in front of the entire class I have got to keep my cool and try not to st-t-t-stutter. Just take deep breaths to calm me down and do my best. The chapters in the book have helped a little in knowing what to do when I get up to do a speech. They talk about tips in preparing for speeches such as outlines and/or note cards. There are also tips for the audience in listening to the speaker. Don’t be rude, pay attention, and make them feel like their speech was good.



Entry filed under: public speaking, Public Speaking Tips, Reflecting on Experience, Uncategorized.

I Think I Actually Enjoy Reading this Textbook!! Thinking of a topic very close to me.

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. colecj  |  January 23, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Speaking in front of a class when required is definitely much different than speaking about whatever one feels like whenever one feels like it. however i think reading what you were comfortable with would be best because it would maybe have a bit more enthusiasm or interest in it rather than just a plain recitation.

  • 2. Melinda  |  January 25, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    I thought your poems were an awesome choice and you did a good job for our first speech. Don’t under estimate yourself. You seem like a great person. I do hope that the next speech will be alittle easier. (for all of us)



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