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mxdan 
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How many CR users are good at public speaking? How many of you dread it? The topic is interesting to me because I've had a borderline phobia of it my whole life. Recently, I decided that it was something I wanted to get better at so I bought a bunch of books on the subject and started going to counseling. Today, I gave the best speech of my life at school and I feel pretty proud. I've still got a long way to go but this is a skill set that a large portion of the population struggles with.

Any of you have good stories in this subject? Even horror stories? And if you are good how did you improve to be able to do it well? Was it natural?
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I don't know if I'm good at it, but I have no fear of public speaking. I teach, so public speaking is basically what I do for a living. I prefer to talk, maybe with talking points nearby. Don't enjoy reading a speech exactly as written, and although it's been years since I tried, hate acting.
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zubbyzub wrote:

I don't know if I'm good at it, but I have no fear of public speaking. I teach, so public speaking is basically what I do for a living. I prefer to talk, maybe with talking points nearby. Don't enjoy reading a speech exactly as written, and although it's been years since I tried, hate acting.


Boy how I wish that was me! The irony is that I like performing but I have this giant fear of it to overcome. Teachers are natural speakers most the time .
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I've never really had a fear of it tbh. Though I haven't done it since HS so I'm not sure if I'm at the same level of comfort but I doubt I'm super scared to speak in front of people even now. Honestly I did dread it, got a little anxious, and don't really like doing it, but it's not like I have to really force myself to do it. As for if I'm good, uhhh I definitely have the ability to project my voice across a room clearly, and articulate my self sufficiently enough(as long as I have a rough idea about what I'm talking about and some talking points), but I doubt I'm the most exciting and interesting speaker. Vocally I'm pretty chill, mostly monotone so that's all your gonna get out of me during a speech for the most part.

As for a story, when I was in HS I was ballsey enough to rap in front of my class for my communications final (And I had no experience rapping in front of people beforehand and I was known to be really quite and reserved in that class so it was really unexpected), now that was nerve wracking. I ended up not stumbling over my words to the extent that I expected and had a decent flow so it wasn't cringeworthy. I was so nervous before and during it that once I got done and sat down I felt high af, like it literally felt like I took a 1/2 g bong rip, it was pretty cool. Everyone ended up clapping and right before class ended a couple people came to complement me for my performance. Compared to regular speeches compared to a regular speech the wait to

I think one of the reason I don't really have a big problem with public speech is that I don't have to actively converse with other people for the most part, it's really like I'm just thinking out loud so I have no real problem as long as I have a rough idea of what I'm talking about.
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I have state fright, but its something that seems to get more tolerable and easier the more you face it.
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The last public speaking I did was to defend a research paper against a bunch of professors.

I think one would have to know the subject being presented.

In terms of slideshow presentation,
-only put the summary or some information on the slides not everything
-do not read the statements on your presentation slides like you are reading a paper
-public speaking is about the essence of the subject and how it is delivered
-do not make your presentation slides too fancy

And using the remote to switch presentation slides, make sure you do it flawlessly. I have seen too many presenters who uses the remote control like they are switching TV channels.

Do not point the remote to where the laptop/computer/projector is at as majority of remote controls are in RF and can function even if not pointed directly to the receiver.
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I hate public speaking and had to do it in almost every course in college.

I don't necessarily feel nervous but more like I hope make sense and don't sound stupid in whatever it is I'm presenting.
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As someone with social anxiety that has trouble speaking in groups, public speaking isn't that bad as long as you are prepared and focus on the subject you are presenting rather than the audience. It also helps if you consider yourself as an actor. A good actor doesn't focus on the cameras. They try to capture a pre-planned role and practice by rehearsing and imagining themselves in that role.
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Autism and social anxiety--public speaking makes me physically ill for days after. Doesn't help I'm a slurring, spastic, stuttering, hand flapping, screeching mess.

Fuck that, I can't even figure out how to operate a car wash.

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It may offend you but Adolf Hitler was the undisputed master of speech.
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Stage fight doesn't help. No matter how much I calmed myself before speaking I begin to shake so much that you can hear it in my voice. When I fear that people can hear that the shaking gets worse, and I have to do my best to calm myself again so at least most of the shaking goes away.
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I hate public speaking, but have taken a communications/public speaking class before, just stared at wall the whole time
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Both i think i tried them Real life and outside.
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Public speeches? Very rarely have I had to do any such thing, aside from very informal ones. I get very nervous. This is expected, I have some minor issues with speech, but enough to sink into me for a public speech and destroy my confidence.

Same goes for performing music. This wind ensemble concert I had a couple of weeks ago was the very first time I noticed I wasn't shaking nervously during my solos. I don't understand why exactly I didn't, but if I'm overcoming that, I'm happy, because performing with shaking hands is a recipe for mistakes.
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i was on the speech team in high school, although i didn't take it very seriously. I mostly just did it to meet new people and goof off i enjoyed it though, obviously it sucked when you bombed but on the flip side it felt amazing when things went right and you knocked it out of the park. I mostly competed in humorous prose if anyone is curious. as for horror stories, i only really have one from my freshman year. I was at my second speech meet ever, and i ended up being with a core group of maybe three or four other students all three rounds. first two rounds went pretty fine, not great but not bad either, then came the third round, and with it a new competitor. apparently this particular student was fresh off his script (meaning he didn't take his script up with him to perform) and i would say he was probobly half way through his speech when he got stuck. he couldn't remember the rest of the speech, he tried to restart and regain his composure multiple times before he finally gave up and couldn't continue. now at this point, there were maybe four people in the room. myself, another student, the judge, and a woman who was either his mother or his coach (not sure which). the poor guy kept it together until he reached the back of the room (this was just a typical size high school room btw) but he eventually broke down and started sobbing. quite loudly. and i had to perform directly after him. In humorous prose, trying to be funny. that was a loooooooooong ten minutes, but i got through it. nobody laughed though, the mood in the room was just gloomy and awkward. obviously, this was a much more traumatic experience for the other student, so i am in no way the victim here lol. poor guy
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