Today’s topic is public speaking. I just recently had to give one in my college Speech class and it was the most horrific experience of my college career.
Here’s how it went down…
The first thing I had to do was find a relateable topic I could inform people. Trying to keep it scholarly, professional, and sweet I picked a topic I knew everyone in the class had dealt with; Stress and Anxiety. Seemed like a good enough idea, right?
I had it all planned out! I had chocolate (destressor), a vague powerpoint (which I thought I could only put vague things not my actual speech like most other people),flashcards and a neat and tidy outline. I thought I was going to do great! I mean, I have acted on a camera before, why not be able to inform my peers?
(I even an included a colorful mental break down Brittany picture so emphasize how bad stress can get if you don’t learn to cope!)
Well, when the night of the speech came around my stress and anxiety levels were through the ROOF. I was to the point of tears I was so terrified. Everyone in the class did phenomenal, you couldn’t even tell they were nervous! Well, my turn came up and well if you asked my classmates who did the worst, I am sure the unanimous decision would have been me.
I approached the podium, shaking like a Chihuahua. I fumbled typing in Prezi and my email address. The thing was on so everyone saw all my mistakes. When I got up to stand and face them all, I went blank. Everything I had practiced was gone. I had no choice BUT to look at the outline (fuck my flashcards!) and it was horrible. I got a laugh at Brittany Spears but I know I did horrible overall. When I got home I panicked, cried, and yelled at my fiance. He was kind and understanding (I’m a lucky lady) but I hit a pretty low point that night. I’m really not good with failure.
So, what I’m getting at is has anyone had to deal with public speaking? What tips do you have like a panicking lady like myself? Or do you have an embarrassing speech story? Post your tips or stories below!