I’m in the same boat. The few times I have addressed an audience I was shaking in my shoes and it literally felt like I was outside of my body.
Got great feedback from the crowd though and seemed very well received.
That’s because they were too embarrassed for you to tell you that fucking blew ass and mumbled into your sternum the whole time. Maybe we should be shaming poor public speakers into being good ones.[/quote]
There was plenty of coffee and cookies thrown. I didn’t know that they didn’t like me, I just thought that they thought that I was hungry.
The peanut butter thumbprint to the eye hurt though. On several levels.
Ah, I think I know where you did your public speaking. I hate doing that sort of public speaking too, so I try to take the pressure off of me by saying some really bizarre shit from my past that is relevant to the topic at hand.
When I first started teaching I would get kinda nervous while lecturing at the front of the class. Then, when I started to get more comfortable and would just start talking like I normally do, I let a couple F-bombs go on accident and the class cracked up while I sheepishly apologized. Saying something like “And then fucking HITLER comes along and really took advantage of the shit that Germany found themselves in after WWI” is one of the best unintentional icebreakers out there when it comes to high school history teaching.[/quote]
I’m sure you are familiar with the format. I even knew and was friends with at least 50 or 60 people in the audience.
I just focused on a point in the back of the room and spoke to it. Sometimes I’d look around and at a few people to see what they were doing when I cracked a joke or two.