My Biggest Fear

April 11, 2011 at 9:26 am 3 comments

For me public speaking has never come easy. I would avoid it at all costs. I wouldn’t even be taking this class if it weren’t required for me to get my degree. I always thought that some people were better at public speaking than others and I was of the type that wasn’t any good at it. The idea of being able to captivate a group of listeners has always appealed to me, but I was too worried about the idea of making a fool of myself.

I have, however, recently had some experience in the art of public speaking. Several months ago I was in a rehabilitation program with the Salvation Army. Part of graduating this program meant I would have to get up in front of everybody (about 80 people)and pretty much tell my life story and how I ended up there. I dreaded that day and prayed to God for strength to get me through it. When the day finally rolled around a was sweating bullets and thought I might get sick. I never did get sick but what I did do was deliver an excellent speech that received all kinds of positive feedback.  After it was over I couldn’t understand why I had been so nervous. Several months later I gave my graduation speech and that time I approached the podium with a new confidence.

It’s been several months since then and I know I’ve not totally conquered my fear but I’m now ready to ready to take the next step and become one of those people who I always thought were meant for public speaking.  The book is very helpful on giving ideas on how to deal with nervousness. I like knowing that most of the anxiety I feel when giving a speech is not even noticeable.  I think the most can be learnt from actual experience though and look forward to giving our speeches in class.



Entry filed under: By Mark, confidence & public speaking, Experience & public speaking, public speaking, Public Speaking Delivery, Reflecting on Experience, storytelling, Uncategorized.

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  • 2. Pamela B.  |  April 16, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Mark, When I listened to your manuscript reading during class, I was captivated and was impressed by your speech. I for one, think you are well on you way to being a public speaker. Keep up the good work.


  • 3. moroni15  |  April 17, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Pam, thank you very much for the encouragement, I can also see that you are on your way as well to becoming a public speaker. So continue pushing forward, no fear.


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