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Your asked to make a speech..........

post #1 of 28
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Could you? My boss wants me to give presentations to people that come into our office for training.........(he has to realize that that will seriously cut into me TCS time) I don't really have a problem with it, as long as I'm prepared. Do giving speeches make you nervous?
post #2 of 28
They use to big time!! I would shake and get sweaty palms and my voice would flutter. But I had to give "briefs" every morning to a room full of people for about two years! It gets easier! Good luck!
post #3 of 28
No, I love it. You will do great! Just be yourself and add some humor where you can....many people in your audience would not want to be up there -- it will empower you to remember this!
post #4 of 28
I don't mind speaking in front of a crowd of people. Like E said be yourself and think confident!!.
post #5 of 28
I would pass out.
post #6 of 28
When I was in high school I did theater. When I'm talking to a group of people I just pretend that its another performance.
post #7 of 28
I actually kind of like it if I know what I'm talking about. I always hated speech class and all tha jazz cause they'd give you subject and you'd have a few weeks then bam you'd have to sound knowledgable about it. But now that I work and know my job really well I'm constantly having to explain it to others so I'm pretty used to it.
post #8 of 28
Funny thing, I can be in front of a crowd and play and sing, never bugs me, but speaking......UGH !! And I had to take a public speaking class in college!!!
post #9 of 28
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Originally Posted by dicknleah
I would pass out.
post #10 of 28
Speeches (or briefings as the military refers to them) are part of my job description, so I give them a couple of times a week. I get more nervous when I'm speaking to women; put me in front of a group of 50 good-looking men in uniform and I have a good ol' time!!!
post #11 of 28
I was supposed to hold a speech at my college graduation ceremony, and was nervous as you-know-what. I spent at least a week writing, honing, and practicing the speech, but couldn't hold it. Two days before the ceremony, I got my wisdom teeth removed, and my tongue was accidently cut in the process (what a reprieve!). I have to laugh about it, because now, as a teacher, I constantly have to "speak before the public", and it really doesn't bother me.
post #12 of 28
I hate it but I do it.
post #13 of 28
*faints*
post #14 of 28
I can do it when necessary, but I hate it, and usually stumble over what I have to say. Fortunately, I don't need to do it very often.
post #15 of 28
Yeah now I could, I went through an audition phase and got over it. I wasn't much of an actress but i tried out for parts in my twenties. And boy did I get nervous then I crossed a line and got over it. I even sang on stage at an audition!
post #16 of 28
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Originally Posted by fwan
*faints*


post #17 of 28
The first time I had to speak in front of a group, I was very nervous. But everything went well and I realized there was nothing to be afraid of. Don't worry. You'll do great!!
post #18 of 28
When I first had to do one at University I didn't sleep for three nights - so neither did hubby . But it got easier. Now I do it all the time and it doesn't bother me. If it was for a special occasion I would be nervous, but I'd just get up and do it.

You will be fine - you will be nervous, but that's ok. Then, when you do it next time, you will feel better about it. Sending lots of good vibes your way
post #19 of 28
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Originally Posted by ugaimes
Speeches (or briefings as the military refers to them) are part of my job description, so I give them a couple of times a week. I get more nervous when I'm speaking to women; put me in front of a group of 50 good-looking men in uniform and I have a good ol' time!!!
I hear ya! I gave briefs everyday for two years on the USS Kitty Hawk. 5500 people and only 200 girls! (of course I only briefed a handful, but still...some were very good looking!)
post #20 of 28
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Originally Posted by captiva
I hate it but I do it.
Same here ..
post #21 of 28
it would depend, but i think i'd be ok doing the speech to trainees, as long as i knew the job well enough
post #22 of 28
I am used to giving speeches and writing them for other people, and now I teach the students how to write and deliver presentations and speeches. Anyone can do it, just remember a couple of basic principles - SPEAK SLOWLY - when you are nervous you tend to speak too fast. Stop every now and again, take a deep breath, and then continue. And make eye contact with your audience from the beginning. When you are new at it, you look anywhere but at the audience. If you single out a couple of people at the start, one near the front, one near the back, and talk as if to them personally, you will get the right pace and also speak loud enough for everyone to hear. It goes without saying that your notes etc are well prepared, and you have rehearsed a couple of times, looking in a mirror is a good idea. Good luck!
post #23 of 28
Ha! I love it - what, being the centre of attention??? Fantastic!!!!
post #24 of 28
Not a speach, Susie!I also had to take a Public Speaking course in college. I dropped it the first 2 times! Finally on the 3rd try, I ended up making an A, but not because I was enjoying myself, that's for sure! Like E said, I tried to remember that noone in my audience would enjoy being up there either. They're not there to judge your performance, but to support you. I know you'll be well prepared, and you'll be great!
post #25 of 28
I don't give speeches - I was never any good at it. I found my forte in singing to crowds. I guess in a way it's the same because you still have that fear of the crowd inside - you just sort of learn to use that fear positively. I suppose in a way with music you can switch off.... I dunno. I've only given a couple of speeches, but they were at weddings and I could let my little sense of humour creep in You get used to it after a while though and before you know it, it's all done
post #26 of 28
I love it. I used to have trouble in front of people, back in school... but then got over it real quick. Now I just love to be up in front of a group! I have a loud mouth so I think I was meant for that sort of thing.
post #27 of 28
For the most part I'm okay with it. I taught for two years and now I give health workshops in front of groups and it's easy. Not sure how I would feel if it was in front of a whole group of strangers. My voice really carries well, another term for big mouth. But I believe that's genetic, New Yorkers must have big mouths..it's the law. If you don't have a big mouth you are kicked out and made to live in Delaware.
post #28 of 28
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Originally Posted by Mom of Franz
...New Yorkers must have big mouths..it's the law. If you don't have a big mouth you are kicked out and made to live in Delaware.
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