March 11th, 2015

pigtails

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Yesterday I saw someone reduced to tears when asked to present orally to a class of 12 people.

Public speaking is one skill that is inherent in almost any job above minimum wage, and it's something I've never been bothered by. I can't imagine what it's like to be that afraid of standing up in front of people and talking. And thus I didn't have anything to offer except compassion.

I'm not sure that asking people to do impromptu oral presentations with not much prep time is that helpful to overcome fear of these situations though.

Meanwhile, my confidence is fluctuating like a fluctuatey thing at the moment. Yesterday I could take on the world. Today? Yeah, probably best I just sit quietly and don't talk.