I am glad to hear that you have been chosen to represent your
school debating team. It is quite an honor and I hope you will enjoy this
experience. You mentioned that you were nervous about speaking in public. Tell
me about it -- I was so nervous the first time when I had to speak in public
that I froze! I couldn't speak! Now I am more confident and I think you will do
even better than me.
Once you overcome your fears, you will realize that public speaking allows
you to have a chance to share your ideas with others. You may have great ideas
but you will need to share them with others. So learning how to speak in public
is a great help. Remember, one day you may have to speak up in the office, in a
society meeting or in community gatherings. So it is a great help to be able to
speak confidently. In fact, it will help you to network better in life.
People will see your abilities and trust you to do your duties efficiently if
they hear you speak well. If you fumble and
stammer through every time, Tanya, they may
wonder a little about your abilities. Public speaking will give you confidence
and thus I think you should master this skill and use it to your advantage.
Get over your nervousness by preparing thoroughly. Look at the topic of
discussion and gather as much information as possible. Talk to people and do
research on the Internet. All this will help you to understand the topic well.
Be well informed about the topic. Then, draft your speech.
Once the draft has been completed, practice reading out your speech. Ask your
friends to listen to what you are saying and get their feedback. Make changes if
necessary. Practice in front of the mirror if that will help. Look at your
posture and the way you hold yourself. The more you practice, the more confident
you will be.
Remember, other speakers have also been afraid. Many well-known speakers have
said they felt extreme fear but have overcome it by practicing thoroughly
beforehand. It is normal to be nervous. So tell yourself that you will get over
it, and you will.
Making mistakes is all right. If you do make some mistakes while on stage, do
not panic. If possible, use some humor to get by. People will understand and
therefore laugh it off.
Have faith and confidence in yourself. Remember you can do it if you are
determined to do it. Dress appropriately. Make sure you have your notes in the
right order. Put on a show of confidence and you will feel confident.
Tanya, you will make a good debater. Of that I am sure. Go ahead and give your
best. You will find that you will actually enjoy that experience. Do tell me
about it when it is over.
Lots of love,