Thursday, August 22, 2013

Public speaking...

I haven't written an entire a speech since high school. I outline and rehearse in my head.

The only speeches I've ever read were readings from Lord of the Rings at Reading Day. I carefully prepared the readings as well.

I sang in choir. I've performed in skits. I've given numerous presentations over the years.

Warning to those who know me but probably don't know this about me: You might want to avoid me the day before I give a presentation. I know I come across as snappish.

What's really happening: I'm rehearsing.

The moment I'm asked to give a presentation I start preparing. I reflect on the topic. Somewhere along the way, I will sketch out some of my ideas, but I never write anything concrete. I will research the topic and follow possible ideas.

As the time to speak approaches, I narrow down my focus to a few points. I consider various stories to share. Once I create the general outline and stories I want to share, I rehearse it in my head, over and over and over.

Am I nervous when I speak? Yes. The adrenaline is pumping. I don't mind. I don't want it every day, but once in a while allows me to conquer the fear.

And then it's done, and I pray my message helped one person.