yet another resolution

In my first entry for this year I listed all my resolutions that I wanted to achieve. Some people have been nice enough to ask me whether I have started any of them, some of those people have even asked me more than once. Hello, January isn’t even over yet. Ok, yes, the application for my masters should be nearly finished by now and I could be looking at places that might be good for me to move in to. But seriously…it’s hard to get motivated and especially when you’ve got a lot on your mind.

However, you will all be delighted to find out that I have enrolled into painting classes for this semester and I have even taken on a new resolution! In February I will be taking part in a training program to become a radio dj.

Yes, I have already delved into the world of radio, but I am not yet a pro and I believe it is important to learn some new skills in order to perfect the skills I already have.

Also, some of you may not know that I’m not that good at public speaking. Ironic since I am in the middle of being filmed for a Yooralla promotional video; I have co-hosted a radio show; gave a heartfelt speech at my 30th and I hosted a website launch for my work. But whenever I get up in front of a group of people I freeze and my throat goes dry. I assume that people don’t want to hear what I have to say and that I am not interesting enough.

Most people have a fear of public speaking. It’s one of peoples least favourite things to do, including mine. And so I have decided to confront this fear by learning some new communication skills and sticking to the radio – even though the thought of it makes me freak out just a little bit.

I think this is a year of confronting my fears and making the most of every single day.




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2 thoughts on “yet another resolution

  1. “But whenever I get up in front of a group of people I freeze and my throat goes dry. I assume that people don’t want to hear what I have to say and that I am not interesting enough.”
    Hi, just a quick note to your blog entry. Congrats on wanting to tackle it. What you describe about public speaking is a very common reaction when a speaker is in front of an audience. I teach public speaking for people who don’t like it in the UK so here is my quick guide to a core issue.
    Conversational skills v. public speaking skills
    When we speak to one person in a normal conversation they look after us – they nod, go “Wow”, smile occasionally etc. But when you speak the audience doesn’t do that for you – they don’t look after you in the “normal” way. So you are trying to read the audience’s faces for approval and all you get is blank faces. A common reaction to blank faces = I must be boring. Well you are not and its time to re-think public speaking. Blank faces are normal in an audience. Full stop. Its just the change from being a normal conversation to being an audience member. They don’t have to look after you so much. So see blank faces as normal listening faces – not ones of disapproval. Crack that and you are over half way there! So re-thinking public speaking includes (perhaps strangely) not looking for approval, being good with eye contact and keeping the tone conversational.
    I’ve got more informatation and videos about that on my site. Hope that helps.

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