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Your sister who stays in a school hostel has been chosen to take part in the inter-school debate and is worried about speaking in public. You have decided to write a letter to encourage her and tell her how to overcome her fears.
 
Dear Tanya,

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,

Sania

     
fumble   to have difficulty saying or thinking of suitable words
     
stammer   to speak or say something with unusual pauses or repeated sounds
 
 

 

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