I’ve done speeches before. Almost always in front of strangers and once or twice in front of very large crowds. I’ve not always been prepared and often improvised entire sections on the spot. I’ve always seemed confidant to people; some seem convinced I’m a natural. I have a secret though, I tend to choke on practice speeches in front of people I know. Often it’s so bad I break character and can’t finish.
I’m taking speech as a required credit for college. I’ve done a self introduction and commemorative speech in class so far. Smooth sailing, they were still strangers. Today I had to do an oral interpretation, which is basically where you take a poem, song, sketch, speech, novel excerpt ect. and read it out. I did a short little bit from a Mark Twain speech that I thought was funny.
I shook. I’ve never shaken before but I was shaking so bad my heel was basically pounding the ground and my paper in front of me could barely be read. I had the damn thing basically memorized but the shaking was so unnerving I had to keep my head down and read through most of it. I couldn’t remember or focus on the type of inflection or delivery I wanted or had practiced. I couldn’t make eye contact with anyone because they were all looking away. The damned shaking stopped within seconds of the speech ending.
I guess I should thank Persephone for the small miracle that my voice didn’t shake as well. At least no one tried to tell me that my jello man impersonation was somehow good when I was finished. I didn’t expect it to get to me but I nearly cried before the hour was over. I’m so confused. 300 people with 5 minutes to prepare and they love me, but 20 people in a class and I’m like a twig in a hurricane. Like wtf just happened.
Maybe this isn’t the place to post this, as this is a company game forum. This community is by far the most welcoming one I know and one I’ve spent several years with. I don’t expect replies, I just needed a place to get this off my chest.