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Aeroflot

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#1 12 years ago

Public speaking is my worst nightmare and my arch-enemy. I swear, someday I'm going to hit myself hard because of the stupid ways I phrase things. So, I fell my JROTC 'battalion' (of 104 cadets) into a formation around 6pm. The purpose was to march the battalion over to a football stadium and help out during the football game. So, the battalion commander is telling me what to do: he tells me to give an announcement about coming ontime so that way we aren't interrupted when calling roll. And so, I totally fucked that up. I phrased it in such a way that the battalion commander turned his head and started to laugh. I felt stupid... especially since I'm supposed to look good, and now 104+ people think I'm an idiot. That basically the entire JROTC in my school. I hate my job.. public speaking SUCKS GIANT MONKEY TESTICLES. What are your experiences?




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#2 12 years ago

It just takes practice. I used to actually shake a little when standing in front of a crowd to say things, but since I do it almost all the time at school, I've gotten used to it. Rule your fear, don't let it rule you.




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#3 12 years ago

I have to do 3 or so speeches every year for my high school. So two years ago, I have to speak (more like pray, it's a Catholic school and I had to do memorize a prayer and explain it) on the last day of classes. So my paper that I partially memorized falls behind my dresser and I can't find it the morning before school. So I get in to homeroom and go searching for a Bible. Now, I find one and begin looking for something random. I'm supposed to have this memorized, and there's no way I could do it in the hour between homeroom and English, so I sneak the paper up (or try to, I was told it was pretty obvious I was reading), and I recite the passage. Then on explaining it, I start off with, "The Jews..." and just freeze. I stand there for two minutes laughing at what I said and I was told to sit down. I still don't know if that grade was counted or not.




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#4 12 years ago
-Ghost-Rule your fear, don't let it rule you.

How'd you go about becoming a better public speaker?




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#5 12 years ago

Just because someone tells you to say something doesn’t mean you have to immediately say it, think it out first, figure out what you want to say and slowly and calmly say it. You can do this in JROTC especially, the airmen (or whatever branch you are, we where Air Force) aren’t going anywhere until you dismiss them, you have a captive audience, take your time.


I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Cooters on fire off the shoulder of General Discussion. I watched spittle-flecked posts glitter in the dark near the Pub. All those moments will



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#6 12 years ago
AeroflotHow'd you go about becoming a better public speaker?

by speaking in public. here are some tips. look at your audience, individually. Pick out a few familiar faces, throughout the crowd, and glance at them while you're speaking. They're people, just like you. Most people are afraid too, and they can relate to your discomfort. Try to ignore your feelings that you are being judged. You're not that important. Force yourself to smile. It does something, inside, that will put you at ease. Be comfortable with yourself - know that you're good enough, and... Most of all - have fun with it.




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#7 12 years ago
-Ghost-It just takes practice. I used to actually shake a little when standing in front of a crowd to say things, but since I do it almost all the time at school, I've gotten used to it. Rule your fear, don't let it rule you.

yeh, try having extremely bad nerves and low blood circulation. I have people who are yelling at me every day to go see a neurologist because they think I have Parkinson's Disease :lol: I can usually barely read my paper because it shakes so much. Fortunately, I'm a fairly proficient reader, that's what saves me there.

Basically, just like they always say, just know that your adience is beneath you, you are the smartest, best one there, everyone else sucks, just remember that and you'll be fine ;)




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#8 12 years ago

And, if all else fails, point wildly behind them and make a run for it. Trust me.




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#9 12 years ago

i just pretend im George Bush and make everything up as i go along.

in reality, i dont do public speaking but i could if i felt like it. just act like you're talkin to the person in the front row or something.




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#10 12 years ago
AeroflotHow'd you go about becoming a better public speaker?

You have to relax when you do it. Before you speak, take a deep breathe, and calm yourself down. Go at your own pace, there's no rush, just act like you've got all the time in the world. After doing it enough, you'll eventually get used to it, and figure out your own strategies to calm down the rising sense of panick, shaking, etc.




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