Learning to Speak, But In Public

Posted: October 10, 2016 in Articles

This year at school, I’m taking a speech class. It’s a class that helps to improve your public speaking skills. Every two or three weeks, I will have to write a five to seven minutes speech, practice it (probably in front of my parents), and then give it in front of my fellow classmates, as well as my teacher. The topics vary a good deal, and the types of speeches that we will give do as well; I believe there will be a debate at the end of the year. Almost all of my siblings have taken this class, and almost all of them wound up enjoying it, even if they were dreading it at first. Surprisingly, I was looking forward to taking the class.

A couple of weeks into the class, I’ve given one speech, the purpose of which was to introduce a classmate. Writing it was a fairly simple process (I’ve written a lot of essays), and practicing it in front of my parents wasn’t too bad either; although, it was difficult at times seeing the sheer agony on their faces.

And then, there was the experience of giving my first speech in front of a room full of people, most of whom I didn’t know. No, it really wasn’t as bad as it sounds. I personally was expecting it to not be a great experience, so I was indeed surprised at the reality. To sum it up in just one little word, it was traumatizing!

I’m quite thankful to say that a good bit of this article has been in jest. Giving the speech really wasn’t very unpleasant at all. I was well within the time limit, and after I was done, there was a helpful session of constructive criticisms. The really unfortunate assignment came next: I had to watch my own speech and write a critique on it. Needless to say, that’s always going to be unpleasant.

Anyway, I find that I’m strangely looking forward to continuing this class. I think it’s going to be fun, if, at times, a little – or very – traumatizing 🙂

  1. Libby says:

    I would have hated this at school, but I think it is an excellent idea to give people confidence in public speaking. I have done it a few times now and quite enjoy it.

    • I’m anticipating having to give presentations and otherwise speak in front of a class occasionally in college, and I want to have at least a little bit of experience. I think it’s quite a useful class as well. Thanks for your comment!

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