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Education > K through 12 > My Speech

My Speech

I was nervous and my stomach has been upset. I'm feeling so bloated and uncomfortable in my skin today. I've cried more after telling myself that I was done with crying over the same spilled milk I've cried over since Friday.

But through it all, I went to the SHH Induction to give my inspirational speech to the new inductees. It was a great night for self-esteem both personally and professionally. I was honored with a beautiful, sweet smelling corsage that I will dry out and treasure along with the progmam. I got to see and sit next to my Spanish teacher from 20 years ago, in honor of whom the Chapter was named. There were a huge number of students on the stage, 84 I think. And they each had at least a parent in the auditorium. I needed to speak to this large crowd of mostly adults, on a podium, with all spotlights on me both in Spanish and in English. This is HUGE for me. I've always been intimidated by speaking to peers especially and am definitely not a stage person. I've never told my daughter this story but one dance recital, I completely froze up and ran off stage. I still have similar dreams to this. Then to have the task stress doubled by speaking to this audience in a language other than your own. Ive always been insecure speaking with adults for fear they will think I do not speak well.

Anyway, I digress. While giving my speech, I encountered many problems so like me (smile). For instance when I tried to move the microphone down and it came off in my hand. And when I lost my place during the English speech and decided to wing it. But all in all, with only minor awkward pauses lol...I did it and I feel good about it. The Principal congratulated me, the Asst. Superintendent had her picture taken with me and told me what a great job I did. The event photographer told me he thought it was great and that he could tell I appreciated where I came from and that I was now giving back and that according to him, "This is what it's all about." That made me feel good.

I didn't even feel my usual awkwardness at the reception afterwards. People were great towards me. I wasn't ignored like I'm used to. I was one of the last ones to leave.

I'm thankful that I was invited to do this and that I was able to do it and feel good about it.

posted on Mar 24, 2008 9:30 PM ()


comment by greeneyedgemini on Mar 26, 2008 8:53 AM ()
Glad to hear you did it! Congratulations! Being in front of tons of people is tough... don't I know it.
comment by artisticgypsy on Mar 26, 2008 7:31 AM ()
Way to go girl! We knew you could do it. Remember, if you think you can, you can. And if you think you can't, you're right.
comment by gapeach on Mar 25, 2008 10:18 AM ()
oh man I HATE speeches!!! I am glad it's over!
comment by kristilyn3 on Mar 25, 2008 8:43 AM ()
I am so glad that it went so well! I knew that you would. A lot of being able to speak in front of people is practice. I used to get really nervous. Now I still do, but because I speak at conferences and stuff, I know that it will work out.
comment by lunarhunk on Mar 25, 2008 8:21 AM ()
Alright!!!! Way to go, girl!
comment by teacherwoman on Mar 25, 2008 6:29 AM ()
comment by gwensgifts on Mar 25, 2008 12:48 AM ()
Very good, indeed!Remember attitude is everything! How you feel about yourself is how you will project yourself to other people. Keep you chin up and you head held high!You are so worth knowing!
comment by angiedw on Mar 25, 2008 12:46 AM ()
I'm so glad you got this ego booster. Well done.
comment by nittineedles on Mar 24, 2008 11:50 PM ()

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