Public speaking has two facets, just like a coin. I love the lights, the applause, and being able to express myself, but I also have issues with it. Whenever I am in front of an audience, I feel as though I am being watched and judged. Although there are drawbacks, I swear by the motto “Act first and think later.” In general, I enjoy public speaking, whether I am judged or not.
Overall, I love the attention and praise I receive. Oratory and acting allow me to connect with an audience, and enable me to introduce myself to the world with eloquence. Whenever I am casted to play a character, I try to make the character a part of me and impersonate to the best of my ability. I love the buzz, glory, and being able to animate.
Speaking in public also has its flaws. Whenever I am on stage, I feel I am being judged and critiqued on my every move. When I make eye contact with a spectator, I somehow get a sense of the stranger’s eyes piercing through my soul. I feel insecure and wish I was not on stage, even though I thoroughly enjoy the attention. Luckily, I have worked through this fear and now enjoy presenting discourses.
In the end, I appreciate this form of art, regardless of the downsides. I love being able to form imagery and provide entertainment for others. I still get cold feet thinking about being in front of so many people, but I have grown and overcome my fear. Public speaking, acting, or even singing bring joy to me, and is something I would love to do for the rest of my life.
Instruction and learning objective:
Using specific details and examples, students were asked to write how they feel about public speaking. Also, they were given a set of words (underlined in the essay), often associated with speaking, to use in the essay. The objective was to explore how they feel about public speaking, whether they enjoy or are frightened by it.