Smile #83 – Say Yes to Public Speaking

I am a victim of glossophobia, the fear of public speaking.  Just the thought of presenting in front of anyone instantly puts me on edge.  So unless I am assigned or volun-told, I usually try to avoid any presentation at all costs.  Sure, I have presented in front of students, classmates, club members, and even the Mayor of Dornbirn.  The thought of presenting still nonetheless terrifying.

Some days I think my public speaking skills will improve with age.  So maybe next year….or in twenty years.

I finally took the first step and joined Toastmasters International, a non-profit organization that helps members improve their communication, public speaking, and leadership skills.  🙂  For the past few weeks, I attended weekly meetings and heard fellow members’ speeches.  But time after time, I delayed taking on a leadership or speaking role.

With a little encouragement from my Toastmaster mentor, I signed up for my first leadership role!  🙂  I served as the Timekeeper at our meeting today!

The job was not strenuous.  I stood and explained my duty and responsibilities for this meeting.  I recorded time for each speech and evaluation.  The point is, I did it!  I said YES to taking on my first role!  🙂

Next up, my actual speech… 🙂

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One thought on “Smile #83 – Say Yes to Public Speaking

  1. Pingback: #97 – Broke the Ice! | Chasing Smiles Along

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