My Most Embarrassing Public Speaking Experience
At some point, some of us experience the fear of public speaking especially when we have allowed our comfort zones to be our only dwelling place and when we intentionally or unintentionally appear before a crowd, the result may be awful and embarrassing.
Etulanapu (Etuls) Bruce has something to say concerning her most embarrassing public speaking experience and the lessons learned.
Etuls is a student at University of Port Harcourt studying Medicine and surgery.
She has a passion for writing, mostly script writing.
One of the most embarrassing moments in my life was when I represented my secondary school in an inter-school debate competition. I think I was in SS-2 then.
It was quite a terrible experience and to this day I don’t know how I talked myself into going for that competition.
I had never participated in any competition pertaining to debate before, so it was totally new to me.
That day, I had mounted the stage so fearfully, and held the microphone as if it was heaviest thing in the world; my hands shook terribly no matter how hard I tried to keep them still as my lips twitched uncontrollably.
The words I had carefully prepared in the past two weeks prior to the debate, the ones I was supposed to say left their correct order and scattered in my head like fearful chicks.
I was greatly embarrassed that day, not only because I didn’t get any message across to my audience due to fear but of how they had laughed at me.
After the awful experience, I promised to never put myself in such situations ever again.
Every time I think back on that very day, I hate myself for deciding to try and it makes me want to crawl more into my black hole and shut the world out.
But just recently I have started to appreciate that awful day.
Now, I wish hadn’t retreated after the horrifying experience. I wish I had put myself in more uncomfortable out-of-my-comfort zone situations. So that I will be able to stand in front of a crowd no matter how small or large, hold a microphone like it’s a feather, relax, breathe, and maybe smile a little and say my name without stuttering and deliver my message like it’s the easiest thing in the world.
The thing is, you can’t grow without getting laughed at, mocked, criticized or hurt.
Don’t relax, get confortable and lock up your potentials in a box because you tried to step out of the status quo once or twice and failed.
Progress looks like a bunch of failures, like a bunch of defeats. With every failure or defeat, there are new lessons to be learned but most times we don’t see it because we are so engrossed in the pain of not breaking through.
Every defeat is telling you to keep going. Don’t stop, don’t relent, don’t surrender, don’t quit.
So no matter what happens, please find the inner strength to keep trying even when you’re hurt and bitter, even when it breaks your heart, don’t stop. Don’t give limits to how far you can go.
You need to understand that you can be better. You need to know it and believe it and achieve it.
You can win and you need to know that.
Over to you!
What do you have to say concerning your most embarrassing public speaking experience?