If Speaking in Front of Others Doesn't Come Natural to You....Sep 03, 2021
If speaking in front of others doesn't come natural to you...
I'm sure it started before this, but the most vivid confirmation of this was after a group presentation project in college. The professor shared do's and don'ts for upcoming presenters and used me - not my group, but me specifically - as an example of what not to do.
Omg I was mortified.
She thought that me not being able to breathe with stammering that sounded worse than having the shivers when I talked meant that I hadn't prepared and therefore was nervous because I didn't know what I was saying.
I can assure you I had practiced plenty, but I definitely wasn't prepared for how nervous I was going to be when all eyes were on me.
The short of breathe and shaky voice were pretty much my presentation style throughout the rest of college and early into my first job, which ironically required lots of presenting in meetings and leading trainings.
Eventually though, after a lot of painful practice (I'm talking years here...), watching Steve Job speaking videos on YouTube, and a handful of how-to present books, I started getting a little better and even started enjoying public speaking.
And then...I did my first Facebook Live in 2018, and felt like I was starting all over.
While maybe my "stage presence" had gotten better, there were still SO many things I was clueless about when it came to using Live video - all kinds of things before, during and after.
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