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Public Speaking – My Arch Nemesis

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kelly Santana at 2:06 am on Wednesday, April 26, 2017

I’m not sure if there’s anything I dislike more about school then public speaking. And of course, there’s no way to escape it. I know it’s something I have to do – but I don’t do it without spazzing out and dying a little bit every single time. It’s kind of bizarre that I still have this fear because I’ve done it so many times. Come to think of it, I’ve been doing it since I was a little kid. In High School I was in the music program, so for a class I had to go up and sing (in different languages at that) in front of all the other students every week. That sucked. I’ve given presentations pretty much every semester since I started college. I even had to go to a high school and present to a class of students for a psych class my sophomore year. And yet, even after all that, I still detest public speaking. There’s something about it that scares the crap out of me in ways nothing else can (Nope, this isn’t me being over dramatic. The fear is real y’all).

So, this conference. I have to admit I’m not too psyched about it. The prep, team work, and creativity involved in organizing it has been really exciting, but then I remember I have to speak and then I freak out again. I feel a little relieved knowing that we’ll all have scripted answers to the questions we’re given and the round tables will feel a bit more informal, but I’m still super nervous. Although it does feel nice knowing that this conference involves working as a team rather than working independently. I can go on and on about how much I don’t like public speaking and how I suck at it but I realize you guys didn’t ask to be my therapist and you get the idea by now. So yeah, I’m totally freaked, and I hope all goes well for this conference.

And in case I didn’t say it enough – I hate public speaking.





   Michelle Coleman

April 26, 2017 @ 4:03 pm

Hi, Kelly! I know this sounds like such a generic response, but you got this! I know that public speaking makes you reeeaally nervous, but you really are good at it! Your presentations for the last year have been interesting, engaging, and light. If it helps, maybe you can go first in your roundtable (or second? maybe just not last) so that way it’s over earlier! We’ll also be practicing a lot and, like you said, it’ll be scripted (even more than our presentations have been) so that will be helpful. I know this doesn’t 100% help, but it’ll be over soon and will have gone great! Sending you positive vibes, confidence, and support!


   Jason Tougaw

May 16, 2017 @ 9:08 pm

Here’s the thing: You are really good at public speaking. You’re poised, and you enunciate really well, with a fluid rhythm. You could do it for a living!

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