Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Say It - 31 Days

If it's October, we must still be in the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes, hosted by Kate Motaung.  Click the logo at the bottom of this post for all of the details.

Today the writing prompt is SAY.


If you've been here for a while, you know that I'm an introvert.  I am not even comfortable speaking up in my Bible study group, which I've been in for about four years.  So let me tell you about my illustrious background in public speaking.  (Laugh with me here.)

I was in tenth grade and we were assigned to give an oral report.  My stomach flipped just at the idea.  I put together a report on oddball laws (e.g., In New Jersey, it is illegal to wear a bullet-proof vest when committing a murder; in Kentucky one may not dye a duckling blue and offer it for sale unless more than six are for sale at once).  I made up my index cards, and practiced.  A lot.  Still, when the day came, I was a mess.  "Panic attack" doesn't begin to describe it.

When it was my turn, I stood before the class and gave my report.  When I get nervous I speak rapidly and softly, which wasn't earning me any points, I'm sure.  I ended up skipping part of the report just so I could return to my seat.

The teacher asked each student to write a short note of encouragement for each speaker.  Most of the notes I received were helpful, but one said something like this:
You're always a winner when there's no one else in the race.
I read that about twenty times, trying to find SOME encouragement in it.  Nope.  (Would you believe that I later dated that guy?  Me neither.)

I've gotten a little better than that, but not much.


Out of time, but I have more to say.  I'll pick this up tomorrow.  In the meantime, click the logo below.  You'll find links to many brave bloggers who are willing to free-write for five minutes and publish it for all the world to see.


  1. I would have died! You're in good company, friend! I'm pretty sure I didn't speak a sentence aloud in school until my senior year of high school :)

  2. I know I left... Uh, at least typed, a comment. I can totally understand. I prefer to be in the background as well. I had two public speaking classes and it took a lot for me to speak up when presenting.

  3. I used to be the same way...
    (Public speaking)
    I had to take the class... and I hated it. I could take to people one on one always... but in front? I am screwed... totally!!!! I start talking faster and my voice starts bouncing...


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