is public speaking a gift?

Philippines
October 26, 2006 12:28am CST
i envy those people who can speak in public without stammering. i'm not scared going one-on-one, but let me speak in a crowd and i just clam up. i'm pretty good in written english, but public speaking? i don't seem to have this gift. what about you?
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12 responses
• United States
6 Nov 06
Actually, the skill is developed. If you're O.K. with one-on-one, then here's a little trick that might help you. When you are in a crowd, just look at one person and speak to them. Focus on one person and you'll soon be able to block the other people out.
• Philippines
7 Nov 06
i hope that works. thanks so much. i'm rating you for that. but wouldn't that one person feel overly conscious or whatever? maybe he'd think i'm interested in him. haha. thanks, really.
• United States
6 Nov 06
I also am envious of the lucky person who can just stand up and speak in front of people like it is nothing. I cannot CANNOT do it. I turn about 600 shades of red, stammer, make no sense, etc. I was definately skipped over when they were handing out the public speaking gift. I was probably out shopping - LOL!!!
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• Philippines
6 Nov 06
i probably was, too! haha. i don't know how to get over this fear. do you think wearing a mask would help?
@varunvij (255)
• India
2 Nov 06
Yes... its a gift...everyone is not gifted with being an orator...... You need to have confidence, leadership skill, qualities to be a public speaker.... person can be a gud orator even if he lacks communication skilll
• Philippines
3 Nov 06
i totally agree with you. thanks for your comments, really meant a lot.
@melody1011 (1664)
• India
2 Nov 06
Yeah public speaking is definetly a gift. Not everyone can hold a crowd's attention for a length of time. I too clam up when speaking in public but its not too bad. I can participate in a debate cuase thats extempo. however if I have to give a speech its nearly impossible for me to remember all that I have to say.
• Philippines
3 Nov 06
how lucky you are to be able to participate in debates. even that i couldn't do. i'd rather work behind the curtains. thanks for responding.
• United States
7 Nov 06
I definitely think it is a gift and one that I do not have. I was valedictorian of my high school class and hated giving the speech. I always feel like I am going to mess up and get embarrassed in front of everyone.
• Philippines
7 Nov 06
class valedictorian, wow! i hope you're able to find some helpful tips around here.
• India
6 Nov 06
yes public speaking is a gift
• Philippines
7 Nov 06
thank you. your comment meant something.
• Indonesia
6 Nov 06
its a matter of confidence there are some ppl who is naturally confident. so i think it is a gift. but the confident can be trained and if someone is use to do it, the confidence will grow within
• Philippines
7 Nov 06
thanks for your comment. i guess that's what i lack --- self-confidence.
@epizzahut (2079)
• China
6 Nov 06
I like speaking in a crowd.that is a good feeling.
• Philippines
6 Nov 06
you must have a lot of confidence, then. that's very good. thanks for responding.
@sadaff (328)
• Pakistan
5 Nov 06
indeed it is.....! i'd rather speak to a group rather than to 2 ppl.
• Philippines
6 Nov 06
good for you! you definitely don't have the fear i got. haha. thanks for responding.
@UscatU (45)
• Romania
3 Nov 06
It may be a gift I don`t know but I can handle very well in a public speach! But I wanna say that to give to charity is very god ! I hope soon well have same actions here to and helt the poor ! Good work there !
• Philippines
3 Nov 06
yes, indeed, it's a very noble thing to do. i hope everyone else has your heart, so nobody has to go hungry anymore.
• United States
30 Oct 06
Nope, not really. I used to be really shy, but then I just learned to speak in public. Now public speaking is all my job consists of. =)
• Philippines
30 Oct 06
really? any tips you'd like to share with me?
@tulips (243)
• United States
30 Oct 06
YES OFFCOURSE
• Philippines
30 Oct 06
thank you, tulips!