Shedding Butterflies

April 7, 2011 at 8:30 am Leave a comment

 

I have come into this class feeling scared and nervous. I saved it until my very last quarter because I dreaded even thinking about giving a speech, let alone actually doing it. The thought of standing up in front of the entire class is terrifying. The judgment and ridicule that could possibly come with that has been scary enough for me to put it off for two whole years. I have finally come to the end of the road and am ready to walk across the stage  in June to receive my diploma. But before that can happen, I must conquer this class. After having a few classes under my belt, I feel like maybe this won’t be as tough as I had perceived it to be. We’ve done a few group activities and I really feel like getting up in front of the class with a group helps to calm some of the anxiety and the butterflies that come with that. I am thankful for the teacher that we have as she makes it more comfortable to be up there. She listens and helps us along in our presentations and doesn’t seem to be judgmental at all.  And I can honestly say that right now, I’m actually getting kind of excited about the idea of preparing and delivering speeches just for the mere fact that I can say I did it. I’ve always been very shy and ‘backwards’ as people like to say and I’m going to look at this as an opportunity to grow and shed some of that shyness. Am I still scared and nervous? Absolutely. But I think that the feelings of pride and accomplishment I will have gained at the end of this quarter will far outweigh those negative feelings and all this nervousness I have here in the beginning will be totally worth it.

 

Jennifer

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Entry filed under: By Jennifer, Fear & public speaking, public speaking, Reflecting on Experience, Uncategorized.

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