Public speaking

  • beaujangle

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    Feb 05, 2009 7:45 AM GMT
    Though I'm experienced in public speaking, I still get nervous with giving presentations.

    Do you get nervous too or are you a natural?
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    Feb 05, 2009 7:48 AM GMT
    i don't get nervous, so much as excited. i'm a natural - i enjoy being in front of people. between theater, being a teacher/college professor, and exotic dancer, i'm just not likely to get all that befuddled from nerves. but i can trip myself up with excitement.
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    Feb 05, 2009 12:31 PM GMT
    Same here. More excitement than nervousness... especially if I have to deliver a talk in Japanese. Since it's not my native language, I usually have a native speaker listen to me when I rehearse the talk and correct anything that sounds funny or rushed. That what I don't worry about whether or not I'm not making sense. With that worry off my mind, then it's just a matter of getting up there and not rushing.

    More than anything else, the one idea I hold fast to is that I have prepared myself for the talk by researching and practicing. If I go in there remembering hat I am prepared and therefore qualified to give a talk, I lose the nervousness and go right to excitement.

    Taking a Dale Carnegie class actually helped me to be a better public speaker. Give it a try, beaujangle! It was a great experience.,, a real confidence builder.

    That said, I am not a natural, obviously. icon_smile.gif
  • Sayrnas

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    Feb 05, 2009 12:41 PM GMT
    I do/am both. If I'm there and feelin' the mood, oh yeah! That crowd is mine. Sometimes, like before a performance, I do get nervous because of the leaps or spins I might F up.
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    Feb 05, 2009 12:57 PM GMT
    As a new lawyer I was terrified before a trial, but each one got easier. Now I enjoy speaking to the jury and thrive on it. When it's going well, and you can see your audience responding in the way you want them to, it's a huge rush.

    That said, there are still butterflies right up to the moment I stand up. Old trial lawyers say if the butterflies go away it means you don't care anymore and should find another line of work.
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    Feb 05, 2009 1:36 PM GMT
    beaujangle saidThough I'm experienced in public speaking, I still get nervous with giving presentations.

    Do you get nervous too or are you a natural?

    A natural, I love to speak in public. But at age 20 I was shy and almost tongue-tied, forced myself to learn to speak publicly from necessity, as Army promotion required me to address larger & larger groups of soldiers, almost always without any amplification. I also taught Army college ROTC for several years.

    Later took degrees in Speech and Broadcasting, did radio DJ work on the side, and still do a little voice work today. Am the regular MC and narrator for a local gay chorus, and I love to take the microphone in front of hundreds or thousands of people.

    I look the audience right in the eye (when the stage lighting permits), not the least bit intimidated by them, totally at ease and having a good time. If I feel any tension at all it's because I'm a perfectionist and my own toughest critic of my performance. But stage fright doesn't exist for me.
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    Feb 05, 2009 1:36 PM GMT
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  • germanguy888

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    Feb 05, 2009 1:39 PM GMT
    alot of the classes i have to take we have to give presentations. My most recent one was for my spanish literature class and was about the representation of the ideals of spanish-speaking culture in literature. I got so flustered while i was speaking my mouth went dry and i eventually just started making up words like anti-religioso and non-hispanohablante. its sad but i have actually gotten better at giving them. last year i had to give a presentation in french... it came out in a mix of VERY fast german and spanish icon_eek.gif
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    Feb 05, 2009 2:06 PM GMT
    germanguy888 saidalot of the classes i have to take we have to give presentations. My most recent one was for my spanish literature class and was about the representation of the ideals of spanish-speaking culture in literature. I got so flustered while i was speaking my mouth went dry and i eventually just started making up words like anti-religioso and non-hispanohablante. its sad but i have actually gotten better at giving them. last year i had to give a presentation in french... it came out in a mix of VERY fast german and spanish icon_eek.gif

    I mentioned above that I taught Army ROTC, and since my college students were destined to become Army officers & leaders, I incorporated public speaking into their instruction. It appears you're doing something similar.

    I taught them the techniques I had learned during my own Speech degree, then had them do "orals" instead of written tests whenever practical, in front of me and their fellow Cadets in class. That trained them not only to control their speaking, but to think on their feet in front of an audience, and not get that "deer in the headlight" look.

    They also had many practical exercises in using "command voice" and projecting the voice over large areas. Not screaming like a Drill Sergeant, but maintaining the illusion of a normal speaking voice while using a high volume.

    One device, BTW, is to speak increasingly slower as the voice level goes up. Speech gets garbled at higher levels if the rate remains normal, for reasons both acoustical and related to how the listener's brain processes sound.

    But the most effective approach is frequent practice & exercise. Even the best public speakers lose their edge if they don't do it often enough.
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    Feb 05, 2009 2:10 PM GMT
    I prefer to type behind the comfort of a computer screen.
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    Feb 05, 2009 2:19 PM GMT
    I speak before v.c. (venture capital) groups, Rotarians, and alumni association members fairly regularly. If you're prepared, you'll be o.k. All the training helps too - and over the years you just get better at it. I still get nervous starting the night before I go on - wanting everything to be just right!
  • Ironman4U

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    Feb 05, 2009 2:26 PM GMT
    I do a lot of speaking. Part of my job. Speak at conferences, company meetings, etc. Love to do it and very comfortable in front of a group. Definitely a rush to have the audience with you as you entertain, provoke and inform them.

    Recently gave my Dad's eulogy. Most important speech of my life. I was nervous about that one because I was afraid I would break down. Luckily, my dad was quite a character so I could share really funny stories that got the congregation laughing (and kept me from crying).

    Highly recommend National Speakers Association for anyone that wants to get paid for speaking or Toastmasters for anyone that just wants to get more comfortable with public speaking.

    While very comfortable now and excited to get in front of an audience, it wasn't always that way. I think it comes with experience and confidence.

    In college, my knees used to shake uncontrollably in my public speaking class. The professor asked me why I was so nervous. She could tell that I researched and prepared my speech well, but I struggled in front of the room.

    Later in college, I had to give a speech to my peers and one of my fraternity brothers came up to me afterwards and told me that he didn't realize I was such a great speaker. Somehow, I flipped a switch in my head and said, these guys are just like you, you know them and there is no reason to be nervous.

  • MSUBioNerd

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    Feb 05, 2009 2:33 PM GMT
    I've never had a fear of public speaking, which I'm thankful for as it seems most people get nervous doing it, and it's a big part of life in academia. On the other hand, for some reason I get irrationally nervous talking to people on the phone.
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    Feb 05, 2009 5:19 PM GMT
    I kind of enjoy public speaking - though I still have some nervousness or excitement before every event. But it's the performance enhancing kind of excitement or nervousness.

    Like MSUBioNerd, I hate talking on the phone - so much so that I carry a cell phone in case of emergencies, but don't give out the number.

    For people who need to become more comfortable with speaking in public, you might consider finding a local Toastmasters International group. They can provide help, support and practice.
  • SeaMichael

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    Feb 05, 2009 5:30 PM GMT
    For me it depends. I did quite a few speeches during the caucuses in Washington last year, and I had hits and misses. I've also done quite a bit of presentations for various political causes, and have been invited to do debates on hot button topics (most often abortion). I also was the front man for a punk rock band for a long time, and I would use the stage to espouse the truth (hehehee).

    I find, personally, that if I have a podium or a guitar, I handle the speaking much better. I've also given a few presentations on medical-legal stuff for paralegals and attorneys, and I had powerpoint for those, which was also nice.

    Basically, so long as I'm not trying to sell myself for something, i'm pretty good (don't get me wrong, I write a great political speech for others running for stuff, but cant do it myself...too modest, I suppose ;) ).

    Of course, sometimes I have a few drinks before a speech. I'm notorious for being quite lucid and making a lot of sense when I've been drinking, and generally speaking better. Booze. Yum.
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    Feb 05, 2009 5:31 PM GMT
    charlitos saidi might fart icon_rolleyes.gif


    u just did... i started a "would you (x) the guy above you?" thread. you've not posted to it yet.
  • oxdr

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    Feb 05, 2009 8:10 PM GMT
    I love it. Sure I get nervouse, but I realy like to be heard.
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    Feb 05, 2009 8:22 PM GMT
    I spent 11 years in commercial broadcasting, and I received the J Armbruster Award from the US Jaycees for public service and public speaking.

    I still get a bit nervous, but, I know that I'm almost always well prepared.

    If I walk out on a stage in less than underwear in front of an ESPN camera, I know I'm ready. I have nervousness for just a second, and then it's on with the show.

    There's a calm that comes with being prepared, trained, rehearsed, confident, ... being ready. Any soldier gets it. Any Real Jock gets it.

    I'm curious, why is it that you fail to post your images?
  • HndsmKansan

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    Feb 05, 2009 8:31 PM GMT
    It used to bother me, but after serving in leadership positions in college and law school and of course some of my legal education help lend itself to effective speaking.

    These days I'm nervous if I don't perceive I'm prepared. If I'm prepared, get out of the way, I want it.

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    Feb 05, 2009 8:31 PM GMT
    Chucky: Heh heh.
  • DiverScience

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    Feb 05, 2009 8:42 PM GMT
    Until the moment my mouth opens, I'm nervous, then I do fine.

    Sometimes so fine even people who should know I'm terrified, miss it.
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    Feb 05, 2009 8:45 PM GMT
    Unless it's on stage doing a play or some form of acting I can't do it.
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    Feb 05, 2009 9:06 PM GMT
    i had to give a speech in my speech class night
    it was horrible
    i like spoke a mile a minute and finished a minute too soon
    at least i didnt pass out tho
  • GQjock

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    Feb 05, 2009 10:58 PM GMT
    If I know my material I have no problem getting up in front of a crowd
    or in front of a camera
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    Feb 05, 2009 11:12 PM GMT
    Good Topic...

    When I was in high school I was terrified to speak in front of the class.

    Turns out -- my entire professional career contains public speaking or public presentations.

    I love it and can't imagine not doing it.