Are you comfortable in front of people, or does the idea of public speaking make you want to hide in the bathroom? Why?

I absolutely do not like speaking in public.

I kind of don’t even like speaking in social settings anymore.

When I stop to think about it, there are a few reasons for these feelings – it’s not all about shyness.

The first reason is because I can’t imagine anyone thinking I have anything interesting to say. I mean, I’m pretty smart and I read a lot and I’m pretty observant however, the bottom line is: who cares?

Secondly, I guess I assume the majority of people probably feel like I do in the sense of ‘opinion burnout’. Everyone talks so much these days, everyone has an opinion, everyone has a cause, everyone thinks they need to ‘speak up’. Well, no everyone doesn’t.  Unless there is something I am absolutely amazed by and extremely interested in learning about – I find it hard to make myself listen to other public speakers. Therefore, I always imagine other people would feel the same about having to listen to me speak.

In that same line of thought, the few public speakers that truly impress me seem to have a natural gift for it. Yes, we all take Speech 101 at some time or another, however, learning the technical format of something and truly possessing a natural affinity for it are two very different things. I love great speakers that reel me in to whatever topic they are speaking of by use of their voice, vocabulary and form. I love when they begin a story, then take me on a few different paths of thought and then come full circle to remind me how we began the little journey in the first place. I love that! But I also know I do not do that. Therefore, if I cannot be one of THOSE speakers, I simply rather not do it at all.

I’d rather leave the public speaking up to the people that really count, that make me think and that expand my knowledge.

Oh, and yes, I am just a tad bit shy.

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