how will be your reaction when you are brought in front of a public?

June 20, 2008 7:30am CST
when i was studying in high school the teacher asked me to address new students. i have well prepared for that . but when i was brought in front of the public i became shy and became nervous. i forgot everything that i've studied. i did't know what to do. i failed in my attempt. how will be your reaction when you are brought in front of the public?
4 responses
• India
26 Jun 08
Public speaking is not a problem for me, in my school days, i was taught the how to's of public speaking. One simple tip, my school master gave, do think that people whom you are to address, are fools.. they don't have mastery on the subject that you are going to speak. Also,some other tips, which he used to give me time and again,increased my self confidence... 1) only you are the eligible person, who knows about the subject and hence you are offered this chance. 2) Secondly the preparatory work aspect,which he would insist of, if one is to make a speech for hours together, no preparation about the topic, is needed. But when you are allowed only ten minutes to speak, then it needs hours together of preparation,because one needs to be to the point, delivering things in a sequential way, without letting the audience of the hook. The art of public speaking is a vast subject and for me it is a God's grace, as i have no difficulty in it.
@knightrider (1083)
• India
26 Jun 08
i still have stagefright, i bet it stays that way for a long tiem, i am comfortable sitting and talkin to a group, but if i am standing and talklking i find it very unnerving
@smacksman (6072)
26 Jun 08
Public speaking is a skill that can be learned and it is a great asset to your working and social life in the future. That is why teachers ask you to speak to the class to give you practice. There used to be an organisation called Toastmasters International, which I joined many years ago, where the skills of public speaking are taught and evaluated. A lot of fun too. Maybe join a theatrical society and go on stage? That can be a lot of fun too and a real adrenalin rush!
@metschica25 (5405)
• United States
25 Jun 08
I am a shy person by nature and many times I have froze when I am in front of a crowd . I became much more open the older I became . When a kid the index cards used to be my friend , and then when I was older I didnt need them when I would make a speech and most times I would just say what I know . There was one time I had a book report due and had to tell what it was about to the class , and I just made something up . The teacher said that books sounds wonderful I will have to but it on my summer reading list. My first day at college we had to interview a classmate and then tell the whole class about it . UGG !! I didnt like that all that much because I didnt know anyone .