We’re All In This Together

April 6, 2011 at 8:13 am 1 comment

I’ve always had mixed emotions about taking a speech class because I tend to get nervous when speaking in front of a class/crowd. However, I have also had the urge to take a speech class because I want to try to get rid of my nervousness and learn how to speak more effectively in front of others. On the first day of class most of us students all agreed that nervousness is our main fear coming into this class. It was comforting for me to hear that not just me, but almost every single student in the class feared speaking in front of others.

We have given two group speeches now and I thought I would be nervous doing that even though I’d have other people up there with me, but I came to find out that it wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be. Unfortunately, when I have to give my own speech I don’t think I’ll be as relaxed as I have been when giving group speeches, but I believe I might not be quite as nervous as I have anticipated. After all, it’s basically the same thing just minus two or three other people being up there with me! It can’t be that bad right?

I believe that with the encouragement of Candee and my fellow classmates, I will be able to get through this class without completely stressing myself out. I already feel comfortable speaking in front of these particular classmates and I hope they feel comfortable speaking in front of me as well. All in all, I have positive thoughts and expectations about this class. I think this class will be a good experience for me and I know that it will help me throughout the rest of my life because whether I like it or not, I will probably have to speak in front of the public again at some point in my life. Many people make public speaking seem worse than it really is, but even after just being in this class for a little over a week, I have came to the realization that it’s not all that bad. There are many things in life worth stressing about, but giving a speech should not be one of them.   🙂

Julie Shafer

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Entry filed under: By Julie, Fear & public speaking, Group Communication, public speaking, Reflecting on Experience, Uncategorized.

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