There’s a certain thrill I get out of public speaking. I know it seems like everyone’s #1 fear, but I kind of enjoy them, in a weird, twisted way. It’s not because I actually like public speaking and the risk of looking like an idiot in front of a bunch of people, it’s a different kind of adrenaline rush. In my Public Relations class, I feel like I have something to prove.
As the only one in the room that isn’t a Public Relations/Journalism major, I feel like I need to prove my worth as a Sport Management major. Maybe it’s my intense competitive nature–maybe I’m just a nerd.
Anyway, tonight’s PR class presentations were run just a little bit different. Instead of everyone just waiting for their turn, Dr. Childs had everyone grab a piece of paper and write some review notes about the current speaker. It kept everyone involved, especially me. It was also particularly useful to the speakers; I got a feel for how the class liked my presentation and there was something to improve on.
I was assigned to cover Sports PR and all that it entails. Thanks to the reviews from my classmates, I got word that I “was passionate about sports,” “a good speaker,” and “grabbed the audience’s attention,” among other things.
Before you accuse me of bragging, just know that I am. Just kidding. Naturally, since there are pros, there are cons as well. I was very pleased to see that the only complaint I got about my speech was the I talked too fast. And I’ll admit that; I did. I have a bad habit of breezing through my presentations as fast as I can. It’s not because of nervousness, but I’m always trying to find creative ways not to go over my time limit. Even when I talked fast tonight, it still didn’t work, as I had to cut out my last topic and end it before I wanted.
That is my quick reflection about tonight. Until next time!