Question of the day

When’s the last time you had to give a speech?  How did it go?

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14 Responses to Question of the day

  1. SKL says:

    I get better as I get older – but I’m not ready for the campaign trail yet.

  2. nikki says:

    Yea never!!! I get nervous and sweaty and shaky…not good!!! One reason I never wanted a wedding!! I hate all the attention on me!!!

  3. Just a Mom says:

    I hate giving speeches or having to get up in front of people and just talk. Back in my school days, I would rather take a 0 on an oral book report than have to get up in front of the class!

    The last time I had to give a speech was back when I was about 17. I made employee of the year and I had to get up and give a speech in front of all the corporate big wigs. I broke out and hives and barely mumbled my way through it.

    I am with Nikki, I had a very small wedding just to avoid the attention.

  4. Joy says:

    I hate attention on me too. I’ve never had to give speeches but when I worked in the lunchroom there were a lot of times when we’d have to make announcements. One year we had almost 1500 kids in 5th and 6th grade and we were having a problem with snowballs. It was a year that we had a lot of sleet and the snow had ice in it and someone got hit in the face and the snowball cut his cornea. So we had to make an announcement that there would be no snow ball throwing anymore and if you got caught, you’d come in and wash tables.

    I was so nervous. Another lady usually made these announcements but she wasn’t around so I had to. I blew the whistle and started talking and said “there will be no snowing throwballs” anymore. I was mortified and the kids thought it was the funniest thing. Good thing I was the “nice” lunch lady and it was funny.

  5. SKL says:

    I love it! My lunch lady would never have thought of “snowing throwballs.”

  6. kweenmama says:

    Does giving a talk in church count as a “speech?” If so, I was asked to give one a few months ago. I guess it went okay, I received lots of compliments…but maybe they were just being nice.

    Excuse me while I go “snow a throwball” at my kids! 🙂

  7. Sue says:

    The last one that I actually had to prepare for was in college and it was speech class so that whole semester sucked! I do not like giving them, but I can get through them. It’s weird having everyone look at you and actually listen to what you’re saying!

  8. Jane says:

    The throwballs is funny Joy. We had to do this in college too and I always hated it. I usually ended up sick before I had to do it. Thankfully now the only speeches I have to give is in front of a bunch of animals!!

  9. SKL says:

    Oh, I hated speech class – why did you have to remind me?

    I have found that I do best when I’m talking about something I really care about in my heart. So I guess if I am having trouble coming up with a good speech on something, my heart must not be in it.

    There have been a couple of times when I’ve been told what a GREAT job I did, but to this day, I still don’t know if I should believe it – because I’m pretty famous for being unable to speak publicly. Probably the best was when I spoke to a group of literacy volunteers about my dad, who was dyslexic. People were actually crying, and I felt really weird. It was like I was manipulating people, and it felt wrong, even though that was never my intention.

    I’m also pretty good at talking down to younger people. A useful if not particularly impressive skill.

  10. nikki says:

    OMG Joy, I would have died!! See that’s why I don’t do speeches. My fear of failure or messing up is so strong!!

  11. Mary says:

    Every spring I have to lead a tour on the logging industry at the museum where I work. The first couple are shaky until I remember what I’m talking about. Then, it’s smooth sailing.

    I gave a talk about my upcoming book to my church this summer. I was nervous about that because it was the first time I had discussed the topic in front of a group. I did better with the question/answer session.

    I’ll have a public reading with my writers group in a couple of weeks. Once again, I’ll be nervous, but only right before the event. I don’t mull it over for days ahead of time.

    The more you do it, the easier it gets.

  12. mssc54 says:

    You mean besides repeating myself with the kids?

    It’s been a while.

  13. Amber says:

    *hangs head* I am a certified toast master. I have given many speeches, presentations, and conferences in front of thousands.

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