Are you comfortable in front of people, or does the idea of public speaking make you want to hide in the bathroom? Why?
Many years ago I did public speaking. Hard to believe now, my life has changed a lot.
The spiritual path I am on has an organization I no longer have contact with but ‘inside’ I’m still a believer. There are ‘designated speakers’ as opposed to preachers and I was asked to ‘speak’ on the subject. There were guides lines such as; someone who has never been there before should get an idea of what it’s all about. But it also had to be interesting enough for those who go every week.
I was terrified at first, of course, who isn’t? I found if I had every word written in front of me and didn’t have ad-lib, I was fine. The first time I just looked down and read it so fast I was done too early.
But I was well-received and complimented so I grew more confident and could look out at the audience every once in a while. My home base was Kitchener but I was asked to speak in Toronto, Brampton and Hamilton, too.
Now that I look back, it was perfectly orchestrated by the powers that look after me. Just a year or so before I was asked to speak, I took a creative writing course. That helped me write well laid out ‘talks’; to start with a theme, then build it into a half-hour. It also boosted my self-esteem by leaps and bounds. My mentor knew just what I needed.
Also, I had been caving and in some life-threatening situations. I have faced fear and kicked its ass!
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I’m not fiddling with this one more second.