Are you comfortable with public speaking or performing?

@ladym33 (11008)
United States
February 27, 2011 11:44am CST
I have been performing since I was 4 years old, and for most of my of my life it has not phased me. I now get a little nervous when I sing in front of an audience because I don't do it very often any more, but I have no problem speaking in front of an audience. Yesterday my son got up and performed in front of about 100 people and was not nervous at all. I was very proud of him. Are you comfortable speaking or performing in front of a an audience or a group?
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
27 Feb 11
Aww, what did your son do, sing? I used to dance in front of people and I was always a nervous wreck until it was over, but now I miss it terribly..:(
@ladym33 (11008)
• United States
27 Feb 11
He sang We Will Rock You and We Are the Champions by Queen.
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• United States
27 Feb 11
Cool, did you get a video? I remember when my son first heard this song, I then found it on youtube and played it for him..Than he got hooked and sings it occasionally..lol
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@ladym33 (11008)
• United States
27 Feb 11
I had a camera with me, but it is mainly just for taking photos, but you can take video my husband did tape it but we don't know if has sound our not, and the camera was running out of batteries so I don't know how well it came off. His friend also got it on his cell phone, but I don't know if we will ever see that, but we do at least have some visual of it, of course the sound is what would be the best to have.
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• United States
27 Feb 11
I have no problem speaking in front of crowds either. I do a lot of customer rating so I am dealing with a great deal of new people daily. I guess being on my own at such an early age allowed me to be comfortable in front of strangers. Congrats to you and your son!
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@ladym33 (11008)
• United States
27 Feb 11
It is very good experience to have.
@GardenGerty (96662)
• Marion, Kansas
27 Feb 11
I used to speak, I was a debater and I also was invited to speak at churches and youth groups. That has been years. I sing in choir at my church, but I will sing solos at my brother's church. I am always a little nervous, the adrenaline is good for you. It is a good job that your son is not afraid. That gives him a real advantage. He can then do a lot of things with confidence.
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@cream97 (29169)
• United States
26 Apr 11
Hi. ladym33. No. I am not in the least. I will get up and my voice will be shaking like crazy. I also feel as if I want to run and hide somewhere from all of the stone and still stares that I am getting too. I made a good grade in Public Speaking in high school and yet, I was still very nervous about getting up to speak every now and then in front of the class. I wished that I was able to not be so scared when it comes to standing up in front of a large crowd. Congratulations on your son's performance!
@hmkoct5 (2067)
• United States
4 Mar 11
I get pretty nervous when I am in front of a group. I usually back out and find some excuse to get out of it. I have very little confidence in myself or my ability to perform in front of people. I want to be a teacher but this fear is holding me back. I am trying to find ways to confront this fear because I think I could be a pretty good teacher if I got over this stupid fear. It's all from a lack of self-esteem. It's tough to be me sometimes :)
@didi13 (2927)
• Romania
28 Feb 11
I have not yet had the opportunity, but do not know if I even feel at ease ... It was close, to know that, when in the company where I work, had to develop a project like "exchange experience" on economic issues. And my boss told me serene "would be a shame not to take advantage of your communication skills. " UPS!! I silently thanked for the compliment, but I was scary .... And that fear of being put in front of a question, which was not able to respond ..... Congratulations on your son will be a good leader!
@polaris77 (2019)
• Bacau, Romania
28 Feb 11
I must admit I am a little nervous when I have to talk to a larger audience,but I usually manage to control my emotions and I think I can a do a pretty good job,sometimes I can be spontaneous and enjoy myself,but it's definitely not easy to speak in public,you need to control your emotions and be strong mentally to do it properly.
@mermaidivy (15417)
• United States
28 Feb 11
I am not comfortable with public speaking at all... I would get all stiffed up when I have to speak in front of people unless they are my parents or sister. I remember I had to give a presentation at school, I had to present in front of the classmates and teacher, I panic and I talked like an idiot... I hate having to do that.
• Philippines
28 Feb 11
Being nervous is a normal reaction when speaking in front of the crowd or even if you are performing. I for one experience jitters when asked to deliver a speech, facilititate seminars, meetings and programs. One of the factors that make me feel extremely nervous is my audience. If my audience are a group of intellectuals, I would really think really hard about what to say before I face them. Another one is, there's something about not being exposed to speaking and performing that makes me feel unconfident to face them. Constant practice is indeed important. While on the process of speaking or performing I would realize that I'm beginning to be familiar with the microphone and podium and the stage and eventually my nervousness slowly fades. It is also better to rehearse to avoid embarassment.
• India
28 Feb 11
I used to be an orator,so as far as speaking is concerned I am comfortable,never tried performing so not sure.
@jonnifc (1021)
• Philippines
28 Feb 11
No, I am not comfortable at all. Even if it's just a small group of people I don't really know. I don't like voicing my opinions as I don't feel eloquent enough. Why do you think I'm on myLot? Hahaha! Anyway, I say I am not comfortable but when I am supposed to speak or perform, then I will do it. I judge myself pretty harshly afterwards. As they say, we are our own worst critic. But a lot of people say that I do well anyway.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
28 Feb 11
When i was younger i was so shy.Just the thought of public speaking was enough to make me ill. A 9th grade speech class really helped to break me of this. Now i am much more comfortable if I have to speak in public. i even think of it as a challenge sometimes.
@thatgirl13 (7307)
• South Korea
28 Feb 11
i love performing =) well actually for the first few seconds when i'm on stage, it make me a bit nervous but then i just start enjoying it. i love performing in front of people, maybe because i've been doing it from a younger age.
• Philippines
28 Feb 11
The confidence you'll have when being in front of a crowd depends on how you are brought up by your parents or the environment you've grown up with. I'm also proud of your son who is able to perform on stage. You must have trained him so well-exposing him to such social performances.
@voldrox (7205)
• India
28 Feb 11
Hello ladym, Well yeah, i am a little shy. I have problems addressing in the public and i would rather anyone let do it, who are good at it. It gets awkward at times because i just can't smile or talk casually in the public. I get very serious, giving others the impression that i am very cold. Well, not my their fault. But speaking in the public makes me very uneasy. But i play drums, and i have become confident in performing on the stage. It was quite frankly frightening the first time because i wasn't confident with my drumming, but now i have learned to improvise and do anything to cover up if something happens and that is something that made me comfortable while performing in the public. Although that tension won't go away, but i can keep the cool. It is much difficult with public speaking for me at this point.
@marsha32 (6689)
• United States
28 Feb 11
I do not do well in front of an audience. I get all nervous ans sweaty doing announcements at church and we are all one big family there! Jasmine is even more comfortable than I am with the members of the church and gets so nervous speaking in front of them as well. Marsha