In response to Daily post Naked with Black Socks

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So, the question put forth today is: Are you comfortable in front of people, or does the idea of public speaking make you want to hide in the bathroom? Why?

I have to say that I am comfortable in front of people in a social situation, but when it comes to speaking in public I would want to hide in the bathroom. Social situations don't bother me at all. I can be myself with no problem (as long as I know the majority of the people there).

If I were asked to lecture or give a speech, this is a whole different story. The whole "Imagine the audience in their underwear" thing did not do the trick for me. I can practice all day or for many days but when I get up in front of people to talk it's like my tongue gets lost... lol.

I'm not sure why this is the way it is, but it is and so I don't speak publicly. Even in school I avoided it if I could in any way shape or form (even if that meant staying home from school for the day). I am almost done with my PhD and will have to defend my dissertation in about 6 months. This terrifies me! I am not sure how I will get through this. I am hoping that since I am through distance learning this process will be over the phone (in which case I think I will be fine). If I have to go do this in person I am so screwed though. Any suggestions on how to combat this would be greatly appreciated.

Have a great day!


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