In high school choir as a sophomore, all choir members were supposed to do a performance for the rest of the choir, as a part of the grade. I put it off as long as I could and when I stood in front of 30 of my best friends, I took a breath, opened my mouth and nothing came out. I eventually said I'm sorry, and sat down.
I made up the grade by recording the concerts. And I will always respect anyone who can get up in front of a crowd and communicate, whether musically or verbally.
I have a bit of trouble with people who want nothing more than to be admired, but those who can perform make my living possible!
"She had lost the art of conversation, but not, unfortunately, the power of speech." - George Bernard Shaw
Lou Judson - Intuitive Audio
On Nov 16, 2013, at 8:56 AM, Malcolm Rockwell wrote:
> This isn't me!
> I gave a presentation at ARSC years back and felt I completely failed. I had lots of interesting slides but a public speaker I'm not. I wrote and then spoke the presentation, taped it and then transcribed it (with corrections). Then I practiced it till I was comfortable with it. When presentation time came I got so nervous I ended up reading the damn thing and even bored myself! It's a good thing I didn't get up there with no notes at all. Sheesh!
> What gets me is I'm not a bad extemporaneous speaker and my tang usually doesn't get tungled in my eyeteeth when speaking with friends, but I'm a flop at prepared public presentations. And that despite the fact I was a professional musician for years.
> I really do appreciate those that are good at it, though.