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    Oct 12, 2012 11:56 PM GMT
    I'm just going to keep it short. I have been selected for a possible award and a chance at sewing on my next rank (E4) 6 months earlier then the usual time frame. For me instead of August (if I win) I get to sew on Feb 2013.

    That means more pay and less work. icon_lol.gif
    But it really means a different kind of respect and closer to being a sergeant.

    BUT,

    Before I can try to win this award I have to go up in front of a board Dec 12.
    I am not a public speaker and am terribly nervous about it even now.

    (Go figure -- even Superman has a weakness)


    Any ideas to overcome this fear and tips for speaking in front of a board. icon_twisted.gif


    PS. Luckily I found out today and have a least a month and 1/2 to prepare.
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    Oct 13, 2012 12:00 AM GMT
    Just tell them you really really really want to be an E4, and you'll do "anything it takes" to get there. Be sure to quickly glance at your crotch as you say it, and wink.
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    Oct 13, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidJust tell them you really really really want to be an E4, and you'll do "anything it takes" to get there. Be sure to quickly glance at your crotch as you say it, and wink.


    I might try that actually?

    .. wait how many times should I wink?
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    Oct 13, 2012 12:06 AM GMT
    What do you have to say before the board?
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    Oct 13, 2012 12:08 AM GMT
    Shell said
    paulflexes saidJust tell them you really really really want to be an E4, and you'll do "anything it takes" to get there. Be sure to quickly glance at your crotch as you say it, and wink.


    I might try that actually?

    .. wait how many times should I wink?
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    Oct 13, 2012 12:13 AM GMT
    Caslon21000 saidWhat do you have to say before the board?


    They ask you two questions, which they gave me already.

    1. Why should you be selected above your peers?
    2. What is an issue or challenge faced by the Air Force today and how would you address it.

    Then each one of them (at least four people) asks me a random question.

    The question will be about Air Force, current events, dress and appearance, etc.

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    Oct 13, 2012 12:29 AM GMT
    Shell said
    Caslon21000 saidWhat do you have to say before the board?


    They ask you two questions, which they gave me already.

    1. Why should you be selected above your peers?
    2. What is an issue or challenge faced by the Air Force today and how would you address it.

    Then each one of them (at least four people) asks me a random question.

    The question will be about Air Force, current events, dress and appearance, etc.


    And what's your basic answers to the 2 questions?
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    Oct 13, 2012 3:08 AM GMT
    all i understood is that you're trying to win an award for sewing from a video game convention
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    Oct 13, 2012 3:30 AM GMT
    I was really hoping this would be about Aaahh!!! Real Monsters.

    Seriously though, I like to prepare for speeches/interviews by making small outlines. Also, I never look someone directly in the eye when giving a speech since it usually makes me seize up. I look at a person's forehead instead, gives the impression that you're looking right at the person but relieves some intimidation. Good luck.
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    Oct 13, 2012 3:46 AM GMT
    Dahas saidI was really hoping this would be about Aaahh!!! Real Monsters.
    People around here think a person wearing department store rags is a monster.
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    Oct 13, 2012 4:27 AM GMT
    My speech professor in college told this to the class...It always stuck with me...Everyone is nervous about getting up in front of a group of people..To lessen the stress be prepared...Rehearse what your going to say..Best advice I can give ya man...All the best
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    Oct 13, 2012 4:50 AM GMT
    mybud saidMy speech professor in college told this to the class...It always stuck with me...Everyone is nervous about getting up in front of a group of people..To lessen the stress be prepared...Rehearse what your going to say..Best advice I can give ya man...All the best


    Rehearse.

    Honestly, write out possible questions, with your response to them, and rehearse rehearse rehearse. Have each question possible memorized with your memorized answer. That way when you're up there, it honestly is not as stressful because you are PREPARED.
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    Oct 13, 2012 5:53 AM GMT
    I dunno. Never been in the military but I sort of thought that there was a sort of military etiquette that you could stick to to overcome some of that. That is, everyone gets nervous, but that seems like one of those situations where you just can't show it.

    Anyway, you already know your technical subject matter down cold. Nobody can rattle you on that. Just quickly turn any questions back to your subject matter.
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    Oct 13, 2012 6:13 AM GMT
    Shell said
    Any ideas to overcome this fear and tips for speaking in front of a board. icon_twisted.gif


    Yes, practice, practice, practice.

    As much as you can, practice your speech/presentation on anyone who is willing to hear it. Don't just practice in front of a mirror, do it to for a live audience of friends and family. Do it so often that telling the story becomes second nature.
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    Oct 13, 2012 6:57 AM GMT
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    mybud saidMy speech professor in college told this to the class...It always stuck with me...Everyone is nervous about getting up in front of a group of people..To lessen the stress be prepared...Rehearse what your going to say..Best advice I can give ya man...All the best


    Rehearse.

    Honestly, write out possible questions, with your response to them, and rehearse rehearse rehearse. Have each question possible memorized with your memorized answer. That way when you're up there, it honestly is not as stressful because you are PREPARED.


    I like the quote from the professor. That kind of helps. I just figured that I had enough time to prepare, just that I might over think it a bit.
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    Oct 13, 2012 7:06 AM GMT
    The best advice I ever got and that actually worked was

    They are there to hear what you have to say. So don't bother being shy and quiet about it.

    In reality you've been given this opportunity, they obviously see something in you, so, while scary to have to stand in front of them and pretty much sell your self. Your obviously capable. Stand up, push aside the fears and go at it.

    And yes rehearse what you will say to the two questions, However with the random questions you will get asked.

    Listen to the question, don't immediately answer. Repeat the question in your head, then answer.

    Importantly, speak slowly, breath deeply, allow your self to pause every now and then and silence does not mean bad, silence means nothing, it's reflection for you and them before things continue.
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    Oct 13, 2012 12:13 PM GMT
    The only thing I can add: you have been selected for a reason. They have reason to believe you have what it takes and that you are ready.
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    Oct 13, 2012 3:27 PM GMT
    Dang, brings back memories.
    Congrats...awesome, you've been selected; someone had to put you up for it right?
    They should have told you why they did, if not, ask and use what they tell you, the board will have the application in front of them, most likely asking questions from it, so knowing what's on it will help.
    I was advanced myself and remember standing tall in the wardroom.
    Yeah, nervous as shit.
    What helped me is the fact I had worked in it, serving all the board members meals for 90 days.
    I knew XO dug, fruit loops and hid boxes for him. Ops. had to have french dressing on everything. Hell, they acted more like boys than I did. There were clashing and childish personalities--just guy's...guys no different then me.
    Be honest; tell them your nerviness, you got this nomination for a reason; use it.
    and, if you're Lt, is hot...try not to picturing him naked...or Do!