My elementary school days flashed back at me, those where the days of early grooming for a publicly speaking girl like me. 😀
My first attempt at speaking in public was a literary and debating competition,I could feel my heart beating faster than normal, my palms all sweaty,and it seemed I was almost going to pee within, It was stage fright as I saw the many faces glued to my tiny physique standing on the stage.
I could almost tell what was going on in their minds…..Your time starts now! was what the time keeper said. Still fidgeting,as I opened my mouth;
‘Good afternoon Mr chairman sir, accurate time keeper,my co debaters and of course my ever attentive audience my name is Bamike Olusegun and I’m here to Oppose the motion which says,”Honesty is not always the best policy.
On and on I went for the next 5-7.minutes,at the end of it all I heard resounding applause from the audience and co-debaters. I guess it went well,because I ran out of the room so that I wont have to soil my School Uniform,because my bladder was almost going to burst! I felt a strong relief in the bathroom,after doing the “minor” and registered a big smile on my face as I thought about the hand clapping as I hurried out of the room,earlier.
From then on, I have developed a strong affinity for the stage,the stage or standing in front of a crowd as little as 10 and as much as 25,ooo has become second nature to me. I find it engaging and fulfilling when I stand to share a piece of me, through music, drama,or speaking engagement.
I will continue to stand in front of the people to deliver God’s message via music and talks until I can no longer stand, due to old age …I think :-). By then It will ‘seating singing &speaking!
Are you comfortable in front of people or does the idea of public speaking make you hide in the bathroom? why?