Most Helpful Guy
I actually quite like it :-). I enjoy the rush of adrenaline you get right before you start your speech. I took speech class in high school when I was in America as an exchange student and my teacher (she was generally a very nice person) kept telling the class that they should take me as an example because I'm so good and at the end of the year they gave me this little award for the best speaker... which was super sweet but also made me feel a little shy and bad for everyone else who didn't get it ;-).
I think my pleasure of speaking publicly is directly connected to my love for acting. For example in that exchange year in America I also played a main character in the annual musical and now at university I am in the drama group of my department. I think everyone (including the best public speakers in the world) know this uncomfortable anxiety you get right before you have to get up front and start addressing the crowd. What helps me a lot to overcome this fear and nervousness is mentally stepping out of my own body and moving into character if you will. I would try to tell myself that for the next 15 minutes or so, I'm not myself (the real person of myself is somewhere different... maybe at home or in the audience or wherever I think would be a nice place to be at that moment). Instead, the person standing up front, holding the speech is a character like in a movie or a theater play. This might seem a little odd but it helps to feel less awkward because if something embarrassing happens, it's easier to tell myself that it didn't happen to me, it only happened to that other person (that character I'm playing). Basically, I try to employ a little bit of showmanship, which I believe anyone can do if they're only a little brave ;-).1
Most Helpful Girl
When I was in 11th and 12th Grade, @Ashely_Princess, I was in what we called "Speech tournaments." This is where you gather a certain Speech from something special you choose to read in front of hundreds of others who you would travel to in different places, and read This aloud with Great emphasis in order to win First place.
I did this for awhile, I really enjoyed it, and I never was too shy with any girl or guy to stand up and Read out loud to my heart's content.
I also was in a play in high school where I had a main part as well. I never minded doing the act in front of crowds of people, and even in singing in different chorus', I was even more Outgoing and flowing.
Since then, I have performed in Other things in my life, which has consisted in being on stage.
Good luck. xx1
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