Are you comfortable in front of people, or does the idea of public speaking make you hide in the bathroom? Why?
My earliest experience of facing people began when I was in primary grade. I studied in a convent, all our teachers were nuns. One of the subjects in my grade was learning poem by rote memory. I loved poetry and this was my best subject. Our homework used to be to learn the poem by heart and recite it in front of the class.
The teacher made sure our intonation and pronunciation was correct. We were encouraged to speak loud and clear , so the people at the back could hear us. To help us know if our voice was heard by those at the back, the teacher would go to the back of the classroom and let us know by hand gesture whether our voice was loud enough.
This was my first learning experience of reciting in front of people.
I did feel nervous at first, but later I was quite comfortable speaking in front of an audience.
My teaching job helped me to get better as years went by.
Are you comfortable in front of people ,or does the idea of public speaking make you want to hide in the bathroom? Why?
Public speaking or not I am a bit jittery when I have to speak in front of a gathering. After the initial five minutes I feel okay.
I won’t admit I love speaking in public, however I can if I have to. Someone once remarked, ” you are a teacher how can you be nervous in front of a public?”
My reply was,”I do not have trouble teaching, but it’s different from public speaking, here I have a group of kids whom I see every day, a friendship develops and the fear factor is removed.
This is a kind of fear, where I feel I may not be able to do a good job, it makes me nervous.
When you do something scary or stressful– bungee jumping, public speaking, –do you prefer to be surrounded by friends or strangers? Why?
Bungee jumping requires a lot of courage,it’s not for people like me.
I haven’t been involved in public speaking much, the few times I was forced to do it, I preferred not to have my friends surrounding me. Friends have a peculiar habit of making a mental note of the mistakes I made and refuse to let it go. I am comfortable with the strangers, I’m not worried about what they’ll say because their criticism will not reach my ears. At least this is what I hope.
Once in college I was compelled to take the part of the priest in Shakespeare’s, ‘Twelfth Night’ before I came on the scene I was very nervous, I thought I’d faint. When I finally came on and started speaking all those jitters that I had before seemed to disappear.
A friend of mine once remarked, “you shouldn’t be nervous, you taught for a long time”. Somehow it’s not the same feeling. In that scenario, I knew my students well, I spend hours with them five days a week. I am not uneasy.
English: Cricket at Clavering: clean bowled Clavering take a wicket against Camden CC (Cambridge) on a perfect August afternoon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
When I read the title of the prompt, I thought maybe it’s a mistake. You see this is one expression that passed me by. When I continued reading the question. I felt this time I’m clean bowled . Well now that I was able to shake off my awe, I’m prepared to write about myself.
I am not comfortable in front of people if I am given something to read. Hiding in the bathroom,I wouldn’t go that far,but I look at the wall behind the rows of people and read my piece or answer questions without looking directly at them.
I acted in plays by Shakespeare,but then there was the nun watching me, I had to look or else,she’d think ‘Chaman I’d deal with you later’. I knew whatever it is she’d say it won’t be one on one. That kind of danger can straighten anyone,I am a mere meek mortal,I’d probably faint.
So public speaking is something I avoided,but prepared my child for one in her seventh grade,she came out with flying colors. If I could shake off my nervousness,I’d be half decent. I am too edgy, I’d therefore admit, I’m not comfortable in front of people.