Do You Like To Talk Publicly?


Normally, when the teacher announces that presentations will need to be given, a collective groan rolls around the classroom like a mexican wave but would it be odd to say that I tend to secretly look forward to them?

No, I am not an accomplished public speaker who charges a couple thousand pounds for a thirty minute speech but I simply look forward to the challenge of talking in front of people and presenting information in a clear way. The funny thing is, I would not describe myself as an extrovert and have been described as ‘the quiet one.’ So is my secret ‘passion’ for public speaking weird?

When I had to talk for a few minutes at the local museum about a documentary our youth group had made, I was excited as well as nervous. The funny thing with presentations though is that the advice given most often is the one that is usually ignored. Make sure your PowerPoint slides contains very little text! I think people this little helpful tip the wrong way around, especially judging by the deluge of text we receive during classroom presentations.

However, when you take away the text and stop reading off the board, that is when presentations or speeches become fun. It is then that your skills are sharpened and you grow more confident in your own abilities. In fact, during a weekly seminar as part of a humanities programme last year, the Oxford Professor surprised my group on the first session by declaring power points are banned. Instead, we had to address the audience directly and convey to them information in a way which they could easily understand just by listening to your words. Although it was scary at the time, you can see the wisdom in such a move.

Of course, this does not mean power points are terrible, I just think that they should be limited when it comes to students delivering a speech as Power Point simply becomes a copy and paste job which leads to a dreary presentation! The art of using Power Point or any other such program effectively has to be learnt and developed but it can only be once a person is confident in his or her own ability to talk without any tools or aids.

Personally, I am pretty sure I will have many presentations to look forward to over the next three years at university! Perhaps then my opinon may change on them and instead of that thrill of excitement, I may just feel a shiver of exhaustion. If you’re a university student who’s had to work on countless group projects, you may just think I’m crazy.

Until Next Time

A Worried Student

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34 thoughts on “Do You Like To Talk Publicly?

  1. Hey this is great! It’s brilliant how you like presentations. ๐Ÿ™‚ same here!
    Personally, I think my interest stems from how I go to the debating club at school – really helps my speaking.

    And interesting way of looking at power points! True – less text is often more. Can’t agree more with that! It gets almost..tedious sometimes. Having to concentrate, and listen as well. Nevertheless, you need the knack. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. I wasn’t the typical extrovert of my class either and I was this wierdo who used to hate giving presentations to known classmates but loved talking and presenting stuff to strangers. I used to get brain-frozen in front of my classmates but in more than one occasion to random strangers I’ve delivered presentations n speeches pretty decently.
    Lol. Us and our oddities ๐Ÿ˜›

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  3. It’s great that you enjoy giving presentations. Sometimes I absolutely love presenting and sometimes I hate it. My knees become wobbly, my palms sweat and I talk too fast. Group presentations depend heavily on the kind of people that are in your group: if they’re all of the “I don’t want to work at all” attitude, then it makes things very difficult ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I confess I have made some pretty boring Power Points in my time, but never again! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. I’m the same way, especially when I’m assigned a presentation on a topic that I’m fairly passionate about. I’m not assigned presentations all the time at my university, so I like having them when I do. I’m not a great public speaker (I’m more of ‘the quiet type’ as well), but I enjoy learning and improving my public speaking. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Oh My goshh I thought I was the only one who would secretly dance around in my head when a teacher said there would be a presentation portion to our sessional marks. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    Tbh presentation is synonymous to disaster for my classmates-and I can relate to the collective groan ๐Ÿ˜€
    Got a Pakistan Studies presentation right after Eid…that too without Power Point,really looking forward to it but I know I HAVE to hide my excitement in front of others. I like secrecy at things I heart โค

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  6. I totally feel the same way you do when it comes to public speaking. I feel a sense of adrenaline and excitement when its my turn to speak in front.

    As for limiting words on power point slides, I feel that is a very good habit. Many of my teachers tell us to limit the content in our slides and refrain from monotonously reading off the slides, as it just makes the whole presentation extremely boring.

    Loved your post!

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  7. Public speaking has always been scary for me. How can you be so confident about it? You have to give tips. Me having anxiety is obviously a downside about getting to be able to speak publicly. I am envious of people who can speak in confidence and swag in public and even look forward to them. Its like super wow for me. Write a post for tips and notes on public speaking in confidence! โค Please?

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  8. I was honestly beginning to think I was the only one! I adore giving presentations – and you are totally right, less words on a presentation makes it a more interesting and fun challenge ๐Ÿ˜€

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  9. I never liked doing presentations much myself, probably because I usually wasn’t sure what I was doing. My confidence lies more with my writing than my public speaking, and no one had ever told me that little rule about power points, so all of mine contained pretty much everything I was saying, albeit in a more condensed form.
    I don’t think it’s weird for you to like doing presentations. Sometimes it’s easier to talk confidently when you have a script in front of you, or at least basic notes.

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  10. Reblogged this on Mante Baldwin and commented:
    I really enjoy reading these post. It always amazes me to see another student overcome typical problems that people have. Why does the world fear public speaking more than death? What is it about other people’s gaze that makes us close off the world?

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  11. I admire you for actually liking to give out presentations. I have the most terrible fear of public speaking. Something about the idea of me standing in front of a group of people and presenting something, whether it be a topic I’m interested in or not, makes me feel like the sheer anxiety I feel will make me mess up. My tongue get’s tied very easily, I tend to lose concentration and start shaking which is really a shame.

    I don’t see you as an extrovert either. I am amazed and learn something new from each post you make. I see you as this quiet guy in the corner just waiting for an opportunity to share all his great ideas and wisdom with people. Like you don’t say too much very often, but when you do, it shines through everyone. ^_^

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    • Presentations are always a challenge but it it when you conquer these fears that you describe that they become fun. Have you tried overcoming this fear by talking in front of the mirror or delivering a presentation to your family first?

      This comment made my day ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m so happy you actually realised these things just from my writing, thanks! ๐Ÿ˜€
      Hmm a little wisdom and more craziness I’d say ๐Ÿ˜‰

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