The Fear of Public Speaking - Campuser
It reminds me of my lecturer Mr. Lubega who calls it,"the Obama feeling."
Seeing him easily address hundreds to thousands of students at campus seems like he has got super powers but that is not the case.
What you think comes naturally to other people could be the hardest things for you.
Let me talk about a topic that sends shivers up spines of many university students.
Public speaking, what a horror it is deemed to be.
Mr. Lubega calls it, the Obama feeling.
When you stand before the crowds, you turn your eyes to see whom you are going to address and behold all those many pairs of eyes laid on you.
You can feel them searing into your soul and body. The temperature flares up as if you are in a furnace, and the sweat begins oozing from all the pores of your body.
Even though you are dark, you can feel your face flushed pink or even red with heat.
It is an unbearable feeling, you could give anything to get away from it, but now you see nothing to exchange for that brief solace of privacy from the prying eyes.
Your mouth which is one of the wettest places in your body instantly feels dry as a bone.
Moreover, the surface of your body is wet with sweat, what a paradox.
|Trembling and shaking -Campuser|
You begin wishing that the ground open up and swallow you forever from this large and expectant crowd.
However, it does not listen to your silent bidding; and you curse why you were born and mostly the person responsible for putting you in such a position.
Raising your voice is extraordinarily hard, you murmur that even other people can hardly hear you. You begin wishing you had a microphone, maybe things could be better.
Unconsciously your hands go on a dance called trembling; it spreads through your body until there is no part left out.
All the firmness within your legs disappears.
It looks like they are filled with jelly, wobbling beneath you. A natural earthquake has struck you.
Look for something to steady you as you sway on your legs; the crowd wonders what has become of you.
Nervously you clutch your head, or your lips but still your mind is blank like a new slate.
The whole vocabulary you pride yourself upon in that particular language is forcefully deleted out of your mind.
Slowly it dawns on you that you can’t speak in public, at least not now. And these wise words crop up in your mind, “thanks but I do not have much to say today…I did not have anything to say” or even fumble with a word; “I had this to say, ooh, what I was saying….you see”.
Public speaking can be nerve wracking, but it offers us the opportunity to face rejection on a large scale.