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For a very important date.

 

I’m headed to Greenville, North Carolina to visit East Carolina University and give an Operation Beautiful presentation.  If you’re a student at ECU and want to come, here are the details! Make sure you say hi!  πŸ™‚

 

I ran 3.0 miles this morning, and it felt good.  :)  No Garmin 305 again because I didn’t want to be staring at my pace, but I felt strong and fast.  Wahoo!

 

Lunch was in a hurry.

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A whole wheat wrap with refried pinto beans, corn salsa, and spinach.

 

Plus a Green Monster!  Looks disgusting, tastes amazing.

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In the mix:  1 banana, 1 cup almond milk, 2 cup spinach.

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And snacks for the ride (it’s 4 hours to Greenville! Ack!) include grapes and nuts.

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No idea what I’m going to do for dinner!

 

Let’s talk about PUBLIC SPEAKING! πŸ™‚ Everyone’s favorite topic, right?  Are you afraid of public speaking? It used to make me nervous but it doesn’t really anymore.

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I volunteered as a Sexual Assault Peer Counselor for four years in college.  Basically, that meant that I went around to student groups (like fraternities and sororities, as well as sports teams) at my school and spoke about sexual assault awareness.  The topic was heavy, but I loved the work, and it definitely helped get rid of any public speaking fears!  It was like trial by fire.

 

Here the public speaking tips that work for me:

 

  • Know your material!  Practice, practice, practice.
  • Get to the presentation early.  This will make you feel less rushed, and I think it helps to talk to audience members beforehand so you feel like you’re talking to friends, not strangers.
  • Ask a few people in the audience to serve as β€œguinea pigs” and volunteer to talk first if you want to have a big group discussion.
  • Don’t just talk – use pictures and video to illustrate your points if necessary.
  • Make jokes and SMILE if appropriate.  If you’re having fun, the audience will, too.
  • Move around – walk in the audience, up and down the stage.
  • Know why your subject is important and think about what you want your audience to takeaway from your presentation.  Reiterate these points throughout the presentation.
  • Do not imagine the audience naked. It is awkward.

 

Do you like public speaking?  What techniques make it easier for you to talk in front of a group?

{ 122 comments }

 

  • Little Bookworm November 3, 2010, 11:55 am

    Good luck for the presentation! Great public speaking tips as well. πŸ™‚

  • Lauren November 3, 2010, 11:59 am

    I love public speaking! I find that doing complete research helps me to be more confident when I am in front of a lot of people. When I know that I know my material nothing can break my confidence πŸ™‚ Good luck!

  • Kristy @ Kristyruns.com November 3, 2010, 12:04 pm

    Back to g-ville so soon?! Have a safe drive!

  • Regina November 3, 2010, 12:11 pm

    That corn salsa looks amazing! How do you make it?!

  • Heather November 3, 2010, 12:13 pm

    I used to HATE public speaking, but I’m a bit more used to it by now. For me, it’s all about just getting up there and doing it, no fear. I do make sure I’m prepared though and have practiced my presentation a few times.

  • Sarah-Mae @ Eat, Run, Knit November 3, 2010, 12:15 pm

    Have a safe trip and a GREAT presentation!!!

  • Amanda November 3, 2010, 12:15 pm

    I’m SO glad I read this post today! I’m getting prepared to give a speech tomorrow on health, fitness and motivation for change and it was so great to hear your important points as a reminder! Some things I find that help are cue cards, breathing and definitely living and breathing your material! Good luck with your presentation! πŸ˜€

    • Alicia November 3, 2010, 2:01 pm

      I too am presenting to a group but tonight! I am preparing the next few hours and have highlighted some of Caitlin’s points. Thanks for the great pointers!

  • katie November 3, 2010, 12:19 pm

    are you bringing a book on tape to listen to in the car. i find that its the easiest to pass time in the car while you are driving alone. i just downloaded one to listen to while i run.

    • Caitlin November 4, 2010, 11:10 am

      yes! i listened to brooke shield’s memoir, down came the rain. it was pretty good!

  • Caitlin November 3, 2010, 12:21 pm

    “Do not imagine the audience naked. It is awkward.” <– MAJOR LOLs

  • Leanne @ Simplicitlee November 3, 2010, 12:21 pm

    I’m terrified to speak in front of a group! I can be sitting down and talk to a group but standing up being the only one talking makes me feel sick πŸ™

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) November 3, 2010, 12:21 pm

    I hate public speaking but it is because I’m so shy. I do okay once I start but I feel like I’m going to throw up before.

  • Evan Thomas November 3, 2010, 12:23 pm

    Really, you want to deny pregnancy rumors and then title a post “I’m Late! I’m Late!”? πŸ˜‰ jk

  • Molly November 3, 2010, 12:24 pm

    My cousin goes to ECU! Ill have him bring his gf and go! πŸ™‚

  • Stephanie November 3, 2010, 12:25 pm

    I love public speaking! My old job required alot of it and I miss it so much! Have fun at ECU, my boyfriend went there but I’ve actually never been.

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations November 3, 2010, 12:25 pm

    Funny Story about Presenting: A few weeks ago, I traveled to Iowa for my first professional presentation for work. My two co-presenters and I went to the room to check it out. There was no one there; so, we proceeded to play with the microphone. I sang some show tunes. Unbeknownst to us, that mic was being piped into another room where a business meeting was going on. Total embarrassment, but it’s really funny. I may always be known for this!

    • Shannon, Tropical Eats November 4, 2010, 9:34 pm

      hahaha that is hilarious!! πŸ™‚

      • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations November 4, 2010, 9:37 pm

        It was funny. There was an older man there who said, “Oh, it’s okay. We’re all known for something.” He said he’s the one who flooded his hotel room by using the sprinkler as a hanger rack.

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin November 3, 2010, 12:26 pm

    I actually love public speaking. It’s the #1 fear of people, above death!! Crazy.

  • Kim H November 3, 2010, 12:27 pm

    I had a huge fear of public speaking and saved Speech 101 as one of my very last college classes. My speech instructor was awesome and made everyone feel at ease. It helped me to have a Powerpoint presentation that I could focus on so I felt like everyone in class was looking at that and not me!

  • Lauren at KeepItSweet November 3, 2010, 12:29 pm

    i do get nervous, but not like i used to. i 100% agree with tip #1- when you know your stuff it is so much easier to be confident in your speaking!

  • Orla November 3, 2010, 12:30 pm

    I used to hate public speaking too but as it is a big part of my job now I am pretty much over it.
    One thing that I will do is to circulate any new presentations among a couple of trust worthy friends ( I tend to speak to similar groups with older presentation that are well rehersed) I ask them to have a look at it and come back to me with questions that they have on content. wtih this method, I have yet to be floored by a question from a new audience.
    And I have to agree, imagining your audience naked is very awkward…. πŸ™‚

  • Alina @ Duty Free Foodie November 3, 2010, 12:31 pm

    I enjoy public speaking. Imagining the audience naked never worked for me, either – believing in what you have to say is definitely the key.

  • Alison (Ali on the Run) November 3, 2010, 12:32 pm

    I love public speaking! I basically just think of it as a conversation with a large group of people. Of course it’s not always appropriate to be informal, but the more conversational and easy-going I can be, the better the presentation always goes. Have a great one todayβ€”I look forward to hearing (reading) about it!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing November 3, 2010, 12:33 pm

    I am TERRIFIED of public speaking… it gets easier over time but I don’t think I will ever enjoy it.

  • Michelle November 3, 2010, 12:34 pm

    LOVE public speaking! I used to have a job where I gave presentations to high school students, and I was also an SAT prep teacher for a little while… so I guess I’ve mostly spoken to high school kids! I couldn’t agree more with you, knowing your material is key! I don’t know if I would be good at just winging it!

  • Amanda (tomboy that wears makeup) November 3, 2010, 12:35 pm

    When I public speak:

    1. I do vocal warmups before I hit the stage.
    2. Some light stretching
    3. Visualize the whole speech in your head. Picture it going perfectly
    4. Walk tall and smile (even if you are freaked out)
    5. When I first start I just look at the tops of people’s heads until I feel comfortable, and then I start looking around the room and engaging the audience!

  • Tab - Just Weighing In November 3, 2010, 12:36 pm

    It doesn’t bother me too badly, depending on whom I’m speaking to… good luck to you!

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write November 3, 2010, 12:36 pm

    Lol. You are so right about the audience naked. That makes a person MORE awkward, not less! What would be more awkward than talking to a room full of naked people?!?

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad November 3, 2010, 12:41 pm

    In my career it is essential to have good public speaking skills.

    PRACTICE, like you said is the most important tip. Along with knowing your material. Also, make it interesting! I give presentations on topics that a lot of people THINK they already know everything about. I try to mostly include info I know they have never heard before and also make it relevant to their work day.

    Also, DO NOT read off powerpoint slides!!!

  • Carolyn @ Lovin' Losing November 3, 2010, 12:42 pm

    4 hours each way! Ouch! Hope you get to stay overnight or something. That’s a lot of driving. Good luck and have fun!

  • Gavi @ GaviGetsGoing! November 3, 2010, 12:44 pm

    Good luck today!! I actually love public speaking, and I tend to feel fairly comfortable in front of a crowd. In order to feel well-prepared, I really get to know both my audience and my subject matter in-depth. Really knowing who I’m talking to and what I’m talking about makes speaking so much easier!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 3, 2010, 12:46 pm

    I have never minded public speaking. In college, I really loved my speech class. I’m also a teacher, so I have to basically be a public speaker for my job. πŸ™‚ When we do curriculum work for the grade level (we have 7 elementary schools in my district), we also have to present our work to the grades. That’s something I had to do last week! Yowza!

  • Ashley November 3, 2010, 12:47 pm

    I used to have a big big problem with public speaking…but now as long as I know my material I feel great. I even did a play in high school (Vagina Monologues). My Dad had told me if I could go up and talk about that in front of everyone I could talk about anything. LOL

  • Jordan November 3, 2010, 12:48 pm

    I go to ECU and I saw that you were coming! I love reading your blog and I’m sure your presentation will go wonderfully. If your hungry you should go to this thai place called Lemon Grass or a mexican place called Plaza Azteca in Greenville. So good!

  • Michelle November 3, 2010, 12:49 pm

    Haha I don’t mind publis speaking at all… BUT I definitely agree— thinking about the audience naked in super awkward

  • Rachel November 3, 2010, 12:51 pm

    I like public speaking! I was the president of a student organization in college and had to run meetings all the time.

    Normally, I’m not SUPER outgoing, but if I’m in a leadership role or giving some kind of presentation, it is so much easier for me to approach people and make new friends. I really shine in that type of environment. (I’m an only child, can you tell?)

    I guess I’m probably in the minority here, though. Most people hate public speaking, I think.

  • Kayla November 3, 2010, 12:52 pm

    I LOVE public speaking. I was in competitive forensics and student congress in high school; I was in a choir of some sort for more than 10 years; and I’ve starred in a handful of plays, including playing the Woman Who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy (the woman who moans) in “The Vagina Monologues” in college.

    My biggest tip is to, like you said, know your material and be confident in yourself, your knowledge of the material and its importance. My other tip is to make an outline (as detailed or vague as you like) to keep you on track so you don’t ramble or forget something important that you want the audience to take away from your speech/presentation.

    I miss it every day. Good luck!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) November 3, 2010, 12:56 pm

    If I am prepared then I have no problem with it. Good luck and be safe!

  • Sana November 3, 2010, 1:01 pm

    I love public speaking because I love it when people listen to me talk πŸ™‚
    I only get nervous when I don’t know what I am talking abt !

  • Amanda November 3, 2010, 1:01 pm

    I’m a TERRIBLE public speaker. I turn red the moment I get up in front and get very nervous. Not my thing. Good luck to you though!

    • Annie November 3, 2010, 1:51 pm

      Same here!
      I even get nervous for other people making presentations! haha

      • Caitlin November 4, 2010, 11:08 am

        I get really bad second-hand embarrassment if they screw up. Or while watching reality tv shows.

  • janae @ hungryrunnergirl November 3, 2010, 1:02 pm

    I love running without a Garmin every now and then, it is so relaxing! I love public speaking… I am a teacher but I don’t like public speaking in front of adults:) My biggest tip is that I just try to be myself and not act like someone I am not! Good luck!

  • Anne @ Life is a Joy November 3, 2010, 1:04 pm

    aside from knowing your subject deeply, know that the audience is there to see YOU. Shine and fill the room. The audience wants you to be successful so try to calm the nerves. You’ll rock!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday November 3, 2010, 1:06 pm

    Knowing your material is so important. I never have a problem with public speaking as long as I’m comfortable with the topic.

  • lindsay November 3, 2010, 1:13 pm

    Great tips! I still do get a little nervous right before I speak, but I always feel better after just a minute or two. My tips are to know your intro very well for just the reason I stated before – people get the most nervous during the intro, so if you know it the best, you have no reason to be nervous. Also to tell personal stories. This will always bring an audience in…

    I would love to see you speak about Operation Beautiful! Hope you come to DC sometime πŸ™‚

  • Dani @ Dani Does It November 3, 2010, 1:13 pm

    Everytime I think about the subject of public speaking I remember Jerry Seinfeld joking that according to a poll the number one fear people have is public speaking, number two is death. So if you’re at a funeral you’re better off in the coffin than giving the eulogy!

  • Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow November 3, 2010, 1:18 pm

    I love me some public speaking…used to hate it though. πŸ™‚

    What it took? Believing, knowing, saying to myself that I could do it and was fabulous at it! Confidence, confidence, confidence.

  • Laurie November 3, 2010, 1:18 pm

    I just watched your Amway video. I’ve been voting, but haven’t had the time to sit and watch it. You are so cute, I love the GOTR pics, especially the one of the girls lying on the floor in a circle. I get warm fuzzies thinking about this program. I ran our 5k route the other day, we ran it last Dec. IN THE SNOW! It was AMAZING. It was fun to run it and think about that day…and we are gearing up for the next one in Dec.
    Have a nice trip. I have a lot of clients that go to ECU…kick some butt!

    • Caitlin November 4, 2010, 11:07 am

      thank you so much for voting!

  • Lisa November 3, 2010, 1:26 pm

    Yikes! Better you than me! I get so nervous talking in front of groups of people–even small groups like my office!

  • Jessica @ Jessica Balances November 3, 2010, 1:28 pm

    I don’t mind public speaking too much, but it’s not my favorite thing in the world. However, I am oddly comfortable speaking on camera. I guess it makes sense because I majored in broadcast journalism in college and have had a lot of on-camera experience, but I never had a problem with it, even when I first started. I think I like the idea that, unless you’re on live tv, you can always record over your mistakes and try again!

    • Caitlin November 4, 2010, 11:04 am

      see, cameras make me nervous.

  • Amanda (Eating Up) November 3, 2010, 1:34 pm

    These are great tips! I actually love public speaking. Don’t get me wrong, I still get really nervous, but I love those nerves!

  • Whitney November 3, 2010, 1:35 pm

    I would rather do anything than have to speak infront of a large group. Don’t think I will ever get over that fear! Good luck on your presentation! πŸ™‚

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun November 3, 2010, 1:39 pm

    Hehe. That last one totally made me giggle. I feel nervous the first few minutes I have to speak publicly but then ease into it fine. I always start off nervous though.

  • Jessica M November 3, 2010, 1:40 pm

    At school, I did well at presentations. At my old job, I would get sooo nervous. I felt a lot of pressure to do well and it stressed me out. I didn’t think I was a good fit for that job anyway.

    If you enjoy the topic you are presenting, and are confident in your message, I think it’s always easier. Things that help me are giving yourself a little pep talk before hand. Remind yourself of how awesome you are and all that you have accomplished in your life so far. And rememember that you have something important to say!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 3, 2010, 1:49 pm

    Good luck at your speaking event! I know you’ve had a lot of practice so I’m sure it will be great. When I have to do public presentations, I always seem to find it easier when the group is a bunch of complete strangers rather than people I know. Either way though, I agree that practice makes perfect (or better at least!)

  • Ramona November 3, 2010, 1:49 pm

    Great tips! I like to know my material, but I do not practice. I hate sounding rehearsed, but I keep an outline in my head.
    Have fun at ECU!

  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete November 3, 2010, 1:49 pm

    Good luck today!

    I do well with public speaking, as long as I know what I’m talking about. Being put on the spot is no good! But if I am prepared I do fine. I always enjoyed doing presentations in high school and college — in a way I really shine in front of a group.

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg November 3, 2010, 2:12 pm

    It’s funny, but even as a creative writer who had to give many public readings in grad school, and as a college instructor who speaks in front of a crowd daily…public speaking still intimidates me! There are always a few minutes before each class that I teach where I feel a little bit nervous, but once I get going, I feel fine.

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence November 3, 2010, 2:21 pm

    I hate public speaking! I try to think about how I feel when I’m listening to a speech- I am never really critical of the person talking, so I try to remember that they aren’t critical of me, either!

    • Caitlin November 4, 2010, 11:02 am

      This is good advice πŸ™‚

  • Jessica November 3, 2010, 2:22 pm

    I did a semester of a distance learning program at ECU and had to go to Greenville for two or three days for orientation and it is a LONG four hour ride-very boring! I remember driving by a lot of tobacco fields on the way there. I wasn’t that impressed by the town either, but the school building I was in was new and very pretty. Good luck! I like the idea of talking to the attendees before the talk for public speaking.

  • Kelly November 3, 2010, 2:25 pm

    I do not like public speaking at all, always hated it. I don’t even really like talking on the phone.

    • Sara @ OurDogBuffy November 3, 2010, 3:02 pm

      Me too! I’d rather write it out or talk in person.

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In November 3, 2010, 2:40 pm

    I’ve never really minded public speaking, but the tip about asking someone in the audience to participate first is fantastic! Nothing worse than getting blank stares when you try to start discussion!

  • Judi November 3, 2010, 2:40 pm

    I am a teacher, so public speaking is totally my thing. However… my audience is middle schoolers…. not “grown-ups”. However, I think that there is nothing like the rush I get when I am in front of a group and they are all listening to what I have to say. (Or at least pretending to listen) Pretty awesome! Have fun!

  • Camille November 3, 2010, 2:50 pm

    I wouldn’t say that I dislike public speaking, but given the choice, I would opt not to do it. I am okay doing it if I have to though!

  • Hope November 3, 2010, 3:01 pm

    Good luck for your presentation!
    I never had a problem with public speaking, my parents got me into a Toast-Masters club when I was just a kid so I learnt all about the art of giving presentations and speeches. Although I do still get a little nervous before each one!

  • Sara @ OurDogBuffy November 3, 2010, 3:02 pm

    I am a member and officer of my local Toastmasters Club. If anyone wants help with public speaking and/or leadership skills, check out the Toastmasters International website, http://www.toastmasters.org/,and find a nearby club. It really does help. I am still a little afraid, but it’s going well. I can def. see a difference.

  • Natalie November 3, 2010, 3:26 pm

    I’m very outgoing and comfortable talking with people but I do not like public speaking! I love teaching large group fitness classes, jumping around and whatnot, but not doing presentations.

  • Jen November 3, 2010, 3:30 pm

    Good luck with your presentation!! Love your lunch wrap πŸ™‚

    Jen

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous November 3, 2010, 3:30 pm

    You’re on a wrap kick! Hope it went well today. I haven’t had to speak publicly since college, but I don’t think it would terrify me TOO MUCH ifI had to do it now.

  • Amber K November 3, 2010, 3:37 pm

    I HATE public speaking. Even if it is to just one or two people I’m not completely comfortable with. I have a hard time even making phone calls to make appointments.

    I’m trying to be better about it, but the anxiety can be rough!

  • Samantha @ The Life Abundant November 3, 2010, 3:38 pm

    Good luck!! That sounds like a blast! I “public speak” to small audiences every day–my students! I did a whole lot of speaking competitions in high school so I feel pretty comfortable. That being said–take me out of my comfort zone and put me on a stage with lights or something– I’d be nervous for sure πŸ™‚

  • Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert November 3, 2010, 3:45 pm

    I really dislike public speaking. I even took a college course and still don’t like public speaking. It is not my gift. However, I completely agree that knowing your material, timing it out, have everything ready – these are the only things that will help get over the nervousness (for me.) I also think it is much easier to talk about something you are passionate about instead of a random homework assignment. Enjoy!

  • Jessica November 3, 2010, 3:47 pm

    I love public speaking! I used to be terrified of it, but in my sophomore year of college a friend of mine told me to be a tour guide, as it’s fun, pays (a little), and will totally make me comfortable when speaking to large groups.

    It worked like a charm! After three years of being a tour guide, I had so much more confidence!

  • Stacey November 3, 2010, 3:52 pm

    I was afraid of public speaking in high school, but after going into college, and having a lot of presentations to do-I kinda got over it. My teacher always told me “Fake it till you make it.” So if you’re nervous, act like you’re not and like you have all the confidence in the world and you’ll actually start to believe it! πŸ˜€

  • Charlie November 3, 2010, 3:53 pm

    Practice is so important! When I have to talk in front of a lot of people, I’m much more stressed out if I don’t know my subject well/didn’t practice my speech, my voice starts to shake and I forget everything! I have to feel confident ;).

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion November 3, 2010, 3:56 pm

    I am fine with informal speaking, but when I have to speak and give a presentation for school where I am being graded, I get really nervous. I think the fact that I am getting graded really does a number on my nerves.

  • Katie November 3, 2010, 4:02 pm

    GOOO Pirates! Being an ECU alum, I was super excited to hear that you will be speaking at my alma mater! Hope you get a chance to take a stroll through the campus! It’s pretty fantastic and the people there are great!

  • Casey November 3, 2010, 4:15 pm

    My current job requires that I do outreach to promote our project. This basically means going around doing presentations to different agencies and groups. Before this, I was terrified of public speaking. I would start getting nervous weeks in advance, thinking of ways to get out of having to speak. Now, I am much more comfortable in front of groups. Knowing the material is really important. I also like introducing myself to members of the audience beforehand. I think it helps them make a connection with you as a speaker too! I always get a natural high afterwards too! It’s like I have overcome a major fear, and I’m proud of myself!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 3, 2010, 4:25 pm

    Pulbic speaking has always made me nervous even though it usually ends up just fine. It’s the whole “spotlight” feeling that gets my head in a tizzy.

  • Maren November 3, 2010, 4:44 pm

    I loved public speaking. I procrastinated taking speech in college because I though I’d hate it and I ended up acing it!

  • Lora November 3, 2010, 4:45 pm

    I was a criminal prosecutor for years, and tried hundreds of case. Still hate public speaking, but what helped me was to really believe in what I was talking about.

  • Hanne November 3, 2010, 4:46 pm

    I hate, loathe, despise performing in general and public speaking specifically. I’ve been forced to do it countless times during both my education and my work life, but nothing seems to help – I’m still as cripplingly nervous several weeks beforehand. It’s strange, as I’m by no means shy in person, and have no problems at all speaking up in meetings and such, but I just can’t seem to handle it when I know that I actually have to perform and be prepared. I always know what I’m supposed to say by heart, backwards, in swahili – and I always manage to say it, but I never remember anything afterwards, and I’m a plethora of the strangest gestures and movements. It seems that my brain is fully occupied with managing to communicate what I have to say, and thus lets go of any kind of control of the rest of my body.

    My oral exams have been the absolute worst. Luckily, my strange antics have mostly been interpreted as “charming”, and they do make great stories afterwards. πŸ™‚

    During one exam, I only remember that I arrived directly from some last-minute cramming, my hands full of papers and pens. I intended to shake hands with the examinors, but somhow forgot (?) that my arms were full – and managed to throw everything forcefully into the air so that the papers sort of rained down over us as confetti as we shook hands. Needless to say, I don’t remember anything else from that exam, other than that the examinors had some serious problems trying to stile their laughs during my entire examination.

    During another exam, I was explaining some mathematical model on a whiteboard. When it was time for the examiner to write up a new problem for me to solve, he had to use the pen that I was holding – and my mind refused to let go of my death-grip for several seconds. When I finally managed to process the fact that he actually needed the pen after an extremely akward and way too long tug of war with my examinor, I suddenly remembered to let go, and the pen flew all the way across the room and hit the other examinor. Yeah – don’t remember much from that exam either.

    A final example is taken not from public speaking, but from my years playing the piano. By the end of each year, the students always had to perform in a big concert with all family and friends present. I stood alone backstage, working my nerves up to unknown heights. When my name was announced, I strode onto the stage with an impressive speed. Unfortunately, my momentum was so large that I managed to actually miss the piano chair and sit down on air (and shortly thereafter, floor) in stead. I panicked and tried to act as if nothing had happened, and sat down on the piano chair as quickly as humanly possible. But again I underestimated my momentum, and the movement resulted in my face being forcefully planted in the last couple of octaves of the piano (my demise was thus accompanied with a dramatic sound effect). Needless to say, I was the star of the show πŸ™‚

    • Caitlin November 4, 2010, 11:01 am

      this comment rules.

  • Rob Runs (Slowly) November 3, 2010, 4:48 pm

    Good luck with the presentation! I’m a big fan of public speaking (even though I’m a terrible introvert who would usually prefer to be hiding in a corner). I never practice, it makes me nervous. I just get up there and pretty much wing it. It’s really the only “talent” I have!

    • Caitlin November 4, 2010, 10:59 am

      Thats a good talent to have! I’m impressed.

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef November 3, 2010, 4:54 pm

    i don’t mind public speaking, but i would prefer not to know the people there. knowing people makes me nervous but if it’s strangers then that’s okay. πŸ™‚ also, it’s funny that you’re at ECU- i just turned in a project today about their archives for one of my classes. πŸ™‚

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) November 3, 2010, 4:58 pm

    What great tips!! I try to make sure that I am super prepared – and even do a few practice run throughs πŸ™‚ Takes away the stress – well a little at least πŸ™‚

  • B November 3, 2010, 5:38 pm

    Public speaking definitely will make me nervous. How nervous is totally depending on whom I am talking to and what the topic I am talking about.

    Have a safe trip and great presentation!

  • Rebecca November 3, 2010, 6:35 pm

    I don’t get nervous public speaking, but, I think that is because I took Drama in primary and high school, so I think that helps. I think the main thing is to know your material, if you know what you are talking about it makes it so much easier. Good luck with your presentation.

  • Balanced Healthy Life November 3, 2010, 6:37 pm

    I don’t love public speaking, but if I have to do it, it’s not really a big deal. I try not to think about it too much because by doing that I tend to get stressed out about it and more nervous then I would be.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 3, 2010, 7:10 pm

    Good luck with the presentation! You must be a pro at it by now. πŸ™‚

    I get really nervous about public speaking beforehand, but I’m okay once I get up there and get talking!

  • Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa November 3, 2010, 7:12 pm

    I love public speaking. I was very active in college and gave a lot of speeches. Practice makes perfect! Its a good skill as a law student. My favorite part of law school last year was giving oral arguments!

  • Lacey @ Lake Life November 3, 2010, 7:22 pm

    I do NOT like public speaking. Random fact: in college I took my Public Speaking class online. I had to assemble a small group and videotape my presentations. To this day I wonder what my professor does with all the tapes he gets. It’s kind of creepy!

  • Heidi - apples under my bed November 3, 2010, 7:38 pm

    Great tips! I’m just getting into public speaking, and really enjoy it (when you have a good group πŸ˜‰ ). I’ll refer to these tips next time, thanks!
    Heidi xo

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) November 3, 2010, 7:54 pm

    I am so NOT a public speaker! And yet many of my classes, jobs, etc. have required that I do so. It’s great practice, and I’ve definitely improved some, but I still get nervous.

    Love the tips you shared! πŸ˜€

  • Robin November 3, 2010, 7:57 pm

    Caitlin,
    We would love to have you come speak at Appalachian State University!

  • Gracie (complicated day) November 3, 2010, 8:11 pm

    I actually really enjoy both teaching and public speaking. Here are my favorite tips:
    http://complicatedday.blogspot.com/2010/05/presentation-at-work-and-public.html

  • Heather November 3, 2010, 9:08 pm

    O I wished I would have read this earlier! I’m a student at ECU and I read your blog all the time (but this is my first time commenting….sorry)! But man, I wish I could have been there πŸ™

    • Caitlin November 4, 2010, 10:57 am

      wahhh! i wish we had gotten a chance to meet.

  • Nicole @ yuppie yogini November 3, 2010, 9:36 pm

    You read my mind. I wondered if you get nervous presenting. I have zero tips for public speaking because I always suck at it.

  • Leah @ Why Deprive? November 3, 2010, 10:08 pm

    Public speaking scares the crap out of me. It didn’t when I was in school, I never had a problem doing speeches or presentations in front of my class. But for some reason now, I get super nervous about it, and my voice gets shaky. Its probably from lack of practice.

  • Sarah November 3, 2010, 10:35 pm

    Wearing kick butt shoes helps me! They keep me walking tall. πŸ™‚

  • monicanelsonfitness November 3, 2010, 11:08 pm

    Great tips on public speaking!
    I agree- the whole “imagine the crowd naked” thing is very strange!

    My advice for speaking in public (and with anything really) is to BREATHE!!
    I audition on a weekly basis and breathing is the key!

  • Emily Eats and Exercises November 4, 2010, 6:39 am

    I don’t have that much opportunity for public speaking, but I am a musician so I certainly perform a lot. I always remember that it’s okay to feel nervous, you just don’t want to audience to feel it. Usually after a short while I end up more focused on the music than my nerves anyway.

    Good luck today.

  • Kiran November 4, 2010, 8:36 am

    I never liked public speaking – was too nervous πŸ˜€ Good luck with your presentation and hoped you made it on time!

  • Vikki November 4, 2010, 9:50 am

    Toastmasters is a good way to get practice speaking in public. I’ve been a member for 3 years now and I feel much less nervous when I get up to speak in public.

  • Crystal November 4, 2010, 10:28 am

    I have never responded to your blog, but I have been reading it for months, and I thorougly enjoy everything you put in here! You have really inspired me to try more vegetarian options in my diet, and now I am very slowly trying to transistion to being at least a semi-vegetarian (if that’s possible!) I had to reply to this blog though because I was going to apply to graduate school at ECU but chose not too, and now I am jealous I am not there at least for this day! =] Good luck on your presentation!

    • Caitlin November 4, 2010, 10:41 am

      Yay for a more vegetarian diet!

  • Cindy November 4, 2010, 10:48 am

    You look so professional, educacted, and confident πŸ™‚ Not a huge fan of public speaking, but if it’s something I know really well or believe in, it’s much more comfortable. You’re doing a great thing!

  • Heather November 4, 2010, 1:24 pm

    I love public speaking! I get nervous before, but in a good way. I am such a ham though, I enjoy it once I get going. :)Myabe its b/c I used to be a teacher and vball and bball coach.
    I think its interresting it is the number one fear of people though, I am much more afraid of lots of other things!

  • elaine! November 4, 2010, 1:54 pm

    I didn’t have any issues in front of crowds until one day when I had to give a class presentation as a freshman in high school. I don’t know what happened, but suddenly I was terrified! I did do a little bit of Toastmasters after college, though. It’s fun, and you get to practice in front of people and learn good speaking techniques.

  • Veronica November 4, 2010, 9:01 pm

    How did I miss you were speaking at MY school!?! What a bummer that I missed it…I’m sure you were awesome!

  • Monica November 4, 2010, 10:24 pm

    I do love public speaking, thank you for sharing these tips.

    I have to present at a conference in 2 weeks and am really kind of nervous about it. The only problem is that practicing my material works against me. However, being very well prepared seems to do the trick.

  • Emily November 9, 2010, 3:45 am

    I love it when you do your lists of tips (or quotes, etc)! This is especially helpful as public speaking is the thing I’m most useless at. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

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