|Please don't call on me; I'm busy daydreaming|
That being said, I managed to do well on them under duress (my face may have been pale, my knees knocking, but I still got good marks). That is, I did until my freshman year English class at university.
We'd been asked to dissect a poem and present it to the class. We had to prepare a handout and then orally share our thoughts on the assigned piece. Tables were set up to form a rectangle and we could give our 'speech' from our seat.
|I don't know what to say!|
I was humiliated. After every previous student, she'd had something to say, even if it was just a simple 'thank you.' After me, nothing. I mean, she couldn't even say 'thank you' for my effort? It's not as if I hadn't tried, even if it didn't appear so in her eyes.
I got my first (and only) C in English. After that, I determined not to take any more courses that required a verbal element. I decided not to pursue a Master's degree in Psychology because there were seminar courses. Unbeknownst to me, oral presentations awaited in the Master of Library and Information Science program!
More than twenty-five years later, I still remember that insensitive English professor's name. But I also remember another name much more fondly: Adele Fasick. She was the Library School professor who taught the Children's Literature courses and it was she who helped me gain my confidence, using one simple sentence.
We'd had to prepare an oral presentation and paper. I believe it was a group effort, though we all had individual submissions. When I got my paper back, Professor Fasick's comment included these words: "An excellent presentation as usual, Susan."
"An excellent presentation!" Wow! "As usual"? Double-wow! Really? I was so happy!
|I'd be happy to speak to you!|
I have well stepped out of my comfort zone. I am ready for my public. And I know that words are important: they can destroy or build up. I know what kind of words I want to use! Don't you?
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