I Hate Public Speaking

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    The Torture!!!!

    Public speaking is sooo nerve wrecking!!! I get so nervous and scared even when just doing a presentation infront of my class. I remember bein in the spelling bee and messin up on my first word cuz i was so nervous! Just being infront of a crowd of people just gets me that way...
    Undefinedsystem Undefinedsystem
    18-21, M
    3 Responses Jul 21, 2010

    Always think I look a fool much of the time

    anyway. Why open my mouth and prove it?
    picklebobble picklebobble
    51-55, M
    1 Response Sep 16, 2014

    Public speaking is a mandatory course to

    graduate from my school, and because it scares me so much I will not be graduating.
    ahsfan445 ahsfan445
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jan 16, 2014

    I get it's a life skill,

    but I am not good at public speaking
    AnonymousNinja123 AnonymousNinja123
    22-25, F
    Jan 26, 2014

    My First Out of Body Experience

    I have never had any love for public speaking. However this one time was by far the worst I've ever experienced. I was giving my final english report on the author Robert Cormier. Someone whom I actually read many of his books and was well prepared to give a knowledgeable speech...
    TheCheese TheCheese
    31-35, M
    4 Responses Apr 1, 2008

    I have always hated public speaking,

    I dreaded the thought of getting in front of a large group of people and having to talk for any length of time. I've had some embarrassing moments when a speech or presentation didn't go well. Sometimes I would be so nervous when giving a speech or doing a presentation, I could...
    Antony7 Antony7
    46-50, M
    2 Responses Apr 15, 2014

    I'm fairly good at presentations

    but I get terrible anxiety prior to them. I have a presentation scheduled in an hour. I feel like throwing up.
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Oct 12, 2015

    Public speaking has always been a struggle

    for me. For the most part it has been a problem in the classroom with presentations, but now that I'm looking for legitimate work experience, it has spread into my interview experiences. When I speak in public it takes me awhile to get the courage to actually articulate what I...
    berika1024 berika1024
    22-25, F
    1 Response Mar 17, 2015

    I was supposed to do a presentation in my

    personal finance class today but I skipped class. Failing the assignment is worth saving myself from all the worry and embarrassment
    ndfan97 ndfan97
    18-21, M
    Sep 29, 2015

    Heart Race

    I hate public speaking amongst my peers, if i was speaking to older people or little kids no problem, but when it comes to speaking in class, weather its reading aloud or a presentation, my heart races like I'm having a heart attack and I'm trembling,For No Reason! i don't get it...
    chicago88 chicago88
    1 Response Sep 25, 2008

    I know it's weird cuz I wanna be an actress

    but whatever I still hate it lol
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Nov 17, 2015

    A Little

    I tend to talk a lot about past in my stories so guess it would be just boring to say that as a child, I loved to participate in co curricular activities and that included speeches. Then came growing up, and insecurities.. But I got over them but not completely. This fall...
    FreeFallWall FreeFallWall
    26-30, M
    2 Responses Dec 20, 2011

    It was eighth grade and my class

    and I had to act out the nativity story on stage infront of a HUGE crowd. It was a tradition done by the eighth grade class every year. I forgot who I was but I remember having like one line where I had to talk to my friend who played Jesus. I wasn't nervous or anything because...
    RoastedCycki RoastedCycki
    70+, F
    Jan 17, 2015

    So my family/community like to have talking

    circles every once in a while. I very rarely speak... Like never. But when I do... Jk No but seriously, sometimes I feel the need to say something. Naturally I'll wait until the very end and have spent the ENTIRE time thinking about what I'll say and of course I forget. But the...
    cillasavage cillasavage
    18-21, F
    1 Response Apr 11, 2015

    I Cry

    One time in english we had to give a speech about something that was important to us. Mine was about my childhood home that I miss so much. I hate puplic speaking to begin with, and then talking about something so person it pushed me over the edge, and I started crying my and I...
    fishnetglo fishnetglo
    22-25, F
    1 Response Feb 8, 2012

    So during summer(meaning now) I'm taking a

    summer school class: oral communication. The problem with this class is in the title I hate speaking to an audience. I hate the feeling a get in the pit of my stomach and how I shake and tremble all over to the very tip of my finger. How nervousness coats me like a blanket. The...
    nitsers nitsers
    18-21, F
    Jun 18, 2014

    I just absolutely hate

    that feeling that someone's watching you, judging you. We've got simulations for my program tomorrow, and I am a nervous wreck thinking about it. It's a relatively small class, and everyone knows everyone, but despite that, I'm still super nervous. It's wrong of me to think...
    theShySnob theShySnob
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Feb 18, 2015

    Gotta do my first speech tomorrow not

    as nervous but I still don't wanna do it. I need to get my anxiety to calm down
    FlyMeToTheMoon708 FlyMeToTheMoon708
    22-25, F
    1 Response Sep 15, 2014

    Giving presentations has always been my least

    favorite thing to do. It makes me feel rather uncomfortable, standing in front of a crowd while speaking, and the larger the crowd the worse this feeling tends to get. The feeling of anxiety is much less so when there's just one or two people there, but apart from being more...
    TheGreatLeveler TheGreatLeveler
    26-30, M
    1 Response May 31, 2015

    I'm taking this course on public speaking

    and it's killing me I hate standing in front a room full of people and talking but I always work hard for my grades so ima have to push pass this fear so I can get an A
    FlyMeToTheMoon708 FlyMeToTheMoon708
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Sep 1, 2014

    So I am expected to talk about something in

    front of bunch of people today. I have been so nervous about it since yesterday evening I drank a bottle of wine in two or three hours, threw half of it up, I am still feeling sick and drunk, and it's 4 a.m. I try to sleep but it's hard. and I still have no idea what to talk...
    uneline uneline
    31-35, F
    Dec 7, 2015

    I don't know why. I absolutely hate presenting,

    ESPECIALLY in my English class. My English teacher is extremely judgmental and mean, and a lot of my classmates in that class are "popular". Whenever my teacher says that we have to present something, especially ALONE; my heart literally stops. I have to read out a story on...
    nikolechen nikolechen
    13-15, F
    1 Response Apr 12, 2015

    I get bad anxiety when speaking in front of

    people. Every time I have a presentation I already have all these bad thoughts swirling around in my brain. I know I'm going to screw up and I can't stop thinking about it. My anxiety is the worst right before I leave to speak.
    ndfan97 ndfan97
    18-21, M
    1 Response Sep 20, 2015

    Yeah I hate it but I love performing in front

    of many people. Why's that? Haha :)
    NadineIsBi NadineIsBi
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jun 10, 2014

    So I have to give a speech on Thursday at my

    Slimming World group as I've been nominated for Miss Slinky of the year.. I have no idea where to start with writing it and I'm already bricking it :(
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Nov 3, 2015

    I can't think of anything worse.

    I even find it daunting just having to stand up in front of a large group of people because of the feeling of all these pairs of eyes on you, it makes me feel too self conscious. I used to avoid classes if I knew there was a presentation, the idea of it just made me feel...
    AngelofPink AngelofPink
    22-25, F
    1 Response Apr 10, 2015

    This is the opposite.

    I have no problem with it. I project my voice and give the audience eye contact. In group work I'm always the presenter. Doesn't bother me one bit because I don't care what the audience thinks.
    ValhallaAwaits ValhallaAwaits
    22-25, M
    Sep 16, 2014

    A Question After My Fear Of Stand Up Comedy

    Stand up comic,  often fear of public speaking involves the fear of being laughed at.  With comedy it's the opposite. I wanted to but was afraid to do stand up comedy for a few years.  Than an idea came to me. Make the process as easy and comfortable as possible...
    robbow123 robbow123
    31-35, M
    1 Response Nov 27, 2009

    Absolutely Terrified, Please Spare Me The Horror

    When I was a kid I used to be a great deal shyer than the average kid, luckily I did a good job getting past that and outgrowing it.  However, as I got older it changed into a performance anxiety.  I was absolutely terrified to give a speech or read aloud in class...
    BrandNewNobody BrandNewNobody
    18-21, M
    Feb 23, 2010

    A Quick One For Those Who Can't Stand Public Speaking

    A month in advance, I began to sweat for my presentation.   Two weeks in advance, I begged for anxiety meds to take for it.     The day before I read my flashcards aloud for 3 hours. PRESENTATION TIME     The second after, I let out a sigh of relief.   Five minutes after, I...
    averageweasel averageweasel
    18-21, F
    1 Response Oct 23, 2013

    I Hope School Is Cancelled Tomorrow

    I have to give a presentation in my history class tomorrow and I am am dreading it. I feel sick to my stomach and I know the feeling isn't going to go away until after it is over. I already know how it will go. All morning I will feel sick. Then I will get up to present and...
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Oct 25, 2011

    I'm having pretty bad anxiety about tomorrow.

    My English professor had us write a poem, and he wants us to read them in class tomorrow and I think I might skip class because I can't do it! I wrote the poem but I can't read it to the class. And I'm feeling way to overwhelmed about it
    brittany710 brittany710
    22-25, F
    Oct 21, 2015

    So I'm a college freshman

    and today in class my teacher asked me to read a page of a book we were reading. My heart literally started pounding so hard and when I started reading my voice started shaking really badly, like I could barley get my words out it almost sounded like I was drowning ): it sucked...
    nn96 nn96
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Dec 5, 2014

    I just got done with a presentation in

    economics. We had to create a business and present it. I've gotten better with speaking, I used to be quiet and my voice and hands and knees shook and wobbles like crazy and I got really red, hot, and sweaty. Now I'm okay during, I just get red and sweaty and stumble my words a...
    FaerieGrrl98 FaerieGrrl98
    18-21, F
    Sep 30, 2015

    I did pretty good even

    though I did TERRIBLE in my past presentations. I wasn't nervous don't why I was pretty comfortable. **** yeah.
    Overdrive18 Overdrive18
    22-25, M
    Dec 4, 2014
    NadineIsBi NadineIsBi
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jun 17, 2014

    I've always hated talking in front of people,

    I've gotten a lot better over the past couple of years. Two years ago i would avoid it no matter what. I refused to talk in front of people. And now I'm just kind of like I don't care.. Until it gets there. Then my heart starts racing and I get shaky. I don't like talking...
    trippyprincess trippyprincess
    18-21, F
    1 Response Sep 15, 2014

    It's a true fact that people would

    rather die than speak in front of a whole bunch of people.
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Jul 8, 2015

    How to avoid public embarrassment: Step One:

    Don't remain calm. Step Two: Drop kick the fire exit, and leave the premises Step Three: Run Step Four: Hyperventilate Step Five: Run faster, don't stop Step Six: Welcome to China!
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    1 Response Jul 3, 2014
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