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The most embarrassing moment of my life
 
Public speaking competitions have always caught my attention. I enjoy watching students speaking proficiently and voicing their opinions with utmost confidence. However, I was never bold enough to actually be a contestant in these competitions. The fear of forgetting my story, stuttering and stammering during my speech or failing the impromptu sessions frequently haunted me.

All the same, my English teacher, Mrs Ho, wheedled me into trying my luck at the district level public speaking competition. I was a little unnerved and stifled at first, but after some encouragement I felt I was up to the challenge. I practiced hard each day with the intention of claiming top honors at the competition. I did not want to give in to my foibles, but rose up to the occasion.

Soon, I was on my way to the public speaking competition venue which was a a stone's throw away from my school. My prepared speech played endlessly in my head. I knew I had to execute each word with utter perfection. After some time, I started to feel a little more confident in my ability to memorize the story and was certain that I could clinch the first prize.

The hall I entered was filled with students and teachers, all of them looking intimidating. Looking up at Mrs Ho, she comforted me by smiling and advised me not to worry. I was the final contestant for my category. The waiting was sheer agony as I watched each contestant make their painful exit.

Half an hour later, a teacher told me it was my turn. Without delay, I got up on stage. The large crowd made me cringe a trifle but I managed to begin my speech flawlessly. Into the third minute of my eight-minute speech, I started forgetting my lines. Tiny droplets of perspiration began to trickle down my neck. My hands began to quiver. Suddenly, I was completely blank and the words of my story began to elude me. As people started pointing and looking at me, I quickly ran off stage and into the car park.

Mrs Ho quickly rushed towards me and tried to console me. She told me that what had happened was not something uncommon. Many students often go blank and freeze on stage. Nevertheless, that moment will forever be branded in my head as the most embarrassing moment of my life.

     
stifled   unable to breathe
     
foibles   a ​strange ​habit or ​characteristic that is ​seen as not ​important and not ​harming anyone
     
console   to make someone who is ​sad or ​disappointed ​feel ​better by giving them ​comfort
     
 
 
 

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