My Thoughts on Public Speaking.

April 5, 2011 at 10:20 pm Leave a comment

I came into this class thinking I was going to be taught how to speak clearer, like I have a little accent and thought I would get rid of it.  Instead, the first day of class I learned it was on Public Speaking.  I do not like to speak in front of people or crowds.  When I am called on to read aloud or answer a question, my face and neck turns red, my palms sweat and my mind goes blank.  I almost go into a panic attack just thinking I am going to have to stand up and actually speak.

There have been many life changing events that have happened to me over the past year and half, so I am going into this knowing I will be getting a lot out of it.  See I am going to be an Intervention Specialist (a Special Ed Teacher) and I am going to be speaking in front of people.

I am not a very confident person but that is something I am working on.  I know since taking this class people are interested in what I have to say.  There are so many good tips and lessons that I have already learned in just this past week and I can’t wait to learn more.  Learning to show an audience that I am not nervous is my favorite so far.  I’m learning not to panic when my name is called.  Telling myself everyone is nervous before a speech helps too, take a breath, it will be ok.  Be positive and be excited about giving a speech.  Don’t expect to be perfect. No one is.

There is a lot to listening.  When I ask the kids are you listening to me? I get the usual yea mom what did you say again?  I am going to share some listening tips with them.  Sit up straight and don’t take your eyes off the person talking is what I remember from school about listening.  Well you can do that and not think, at least not think about what the speaker is talking about.  When I listen to people now I will be using my new-found listening techniques.

Thanks and have a good day.

Tina

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Entry filed under: By Tina, confidence & public speaking, Group Communication, Listening, public speaking, Public Speaking Tips, Uncategorized.

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