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Public Speaking in Plaid Pants

Filed under: Uncategorized — Lisa Patterson Lay at 9:54 pm on Tuesday, April 25, 2017

I have done my share of public speaking over the years. I have given laity sermons at church and have participated in poetry nights where the audiences were made up of both poets and non-poets alike. When I was president of my local PTA, I spoke at elementary school graduations and school board meetings, sometimes with prepared remarks, and sometimes off the cuff. Once, as a PTA rep., I attended a week-long seminar at Columbia Teacher’s College, where I was chosen from among my peers to read an original story. Aside from the fact that I had chosen that day to wear what I now consider to be hideous plaid pants, I consider that experience to have been a great public speaking opportunity.

I am not saying I am great at it, but neither does the idea of getting up in front of people scare me. Speaking about my thesis at our conference will be fine, so long as I am able to successfully cull the most relevant points from my essay.



2 Comments »

   Asheka Lawrence-Reid

April 30, 2017 @ 2:22 am

Hi Lisa! Can you just transfer some of that confidence to me the next time we sit together? I also have no doubt that you will do absolutely great. Preparation is definitely a huge part of doing well when it comes to public speaking. Although that rarely works to relinquish my nerves, I rest assured that almost everyone will forget about my presentation after a day or so. Although, I should be hoping that it makes an impact right? I’m at least glad that Professor is having us practice, so we can begin getting more confident with discussing our material.

   Jason Tougaw

May 16, 2017 @ 9:03 pm

As predicted, everybody did a great job. People are still talking about how great the conference was.

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