Life+Stuff: Public speaking
Something remarkable happened this week: I enjoyed speaking in public.
I have been going to Toastmasters for over a year now because I wanted to learn how to make a speech without sweating, giggling or having my voice go up an octave. For those of you that haven’t heard my voice, I sound like a muppet. Who has been sucking on helium. Who just got into very, very cold water.
I am not saying it was a good speech – quite the opposite, in fact. My presentation lacked structure, I laughed at my own bad jokes and I nearly swore several times.
On the upside, I tied for best speech, made some people laugh (most likely at me) and I managed to get up there without feeling like I was going to die of a heart attack.
If you are afraid of public speaking, I highly recommend Toastmasters. I’m a member of the Australian Young Professionals club that meets every second Monday at the Sydney Mechanic School of Arts on Pitt St.
If you’re interested in checking it out, please leave a comment on this post and I will email you to arrange times/dates.
Are you afraid of public speaking? Have you ever had a shocker? Or a total triumph that warranted a standing ovation? HOW DID YOU DO THAT?