Public Speaking Class : Overcoming My Fears

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Public Speaking Class: Overcoming my Fears Many people have a monumental fear of public speaking. I found the following quote by comedian Jerry Seinfeld quite funny, yet somewhat true. He stated that “according to most studies, people 's number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you 're better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.” (Blogspot, 2013). While this is a hyperbole just to show the answer to survey questions by WebMD, I feel like there is a great truth to the fact that public speaking brings great anxiety to many people, including myself. In fact, this class was the one that I had the most angst about once I saw my schedule. This class and fear of speaking in front of strangers became a ferocious untamed beast that was preying on my mind and self-confidence. It was not so bad when practicing alone, with my friends, family or even my learning team but as soon as the camera was rolling that predatory beast became hungry, tearing at my self-conscious and filling me with doubt and negative thoughts. I became so afraid because I was comparing my performance to my peers rather than trying to be my best version of myself. This was a challenge for me, one that I am determined to overcome. I have embraced this challenge and I know that there are several areas I need to improve upon, some areas that I have experienced individual growth already, and I have

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