Public Speaking

I am having a little anxiety about the TN Support Group meeting tonight. Public Speaking is not my forte.
I have given many "Garden Talks" over the course of the years. I even ran unsuccessfully for School Board a long time ago. Years and years ago I gave CPR Classes mainly to health care professionals. So I have done a fair amount of public speaking.

I liked the "Garden Talks" the best. Gardeners are a happy group of people, a short talk giving my 2 cents worth, a few pretty pictures and my gardening scrapbook, a bunch of garden tips and hints and a time for questions. Piece of cake. Most of the time I could just wing it!

Tonight I intend for my part to be a cross between a welcome lady and a moderator. The people coming tonight have lots of questions..I do not have the answers, I do not have a bunch of pretty pictures to share, I have a very small list of useful tips and hints concerning Trigeminal Neuralgia. I hope that everyone is comfortable enough to share something, but not dominate the conversation…some of these people are talkers.

If one of those crackpots with a "cure" shows up..my invisible hatchet that I carry to defend and protect Far Guy from insensitive people may have to come out. Taking two Tums and the raising the head of your bed..does not work. If it did I could cure TN with one hand tied behind my back and I could throw away my hatchet once and for all.
Do I have a prepared speech..no.. I will prayerfully wing it:)

Thank you to everyone who has read the newspaper article..and a special thank you to those of you who commented on the newspaper site!

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5 Responses to Public Speaking

  1. East Side Professor says:

    Public Speaking is the number one fear of people, yes people would rather die than speak publicly, which is the second worst fear on the list. Relax, breathe! and talk TO people not AT them. Listen to what they aren’t saying… and 70 % of the message of what they “say” comes from their body language. You’ll do fine, turn your nerves into enthusiasm, do something with that energy beside let it drain you.

  2. PrairieWoman says:

    I completely agree with the professor. You DO know what you are talking about and that is half the battle.

  3. susan says:

    Just think of them as beginning friendships just happening, your great consersationalist with your friends, heard once you are to pretend the people you are speaking to are naked but I would turn red and start laughing and I think you would to. Go and enjoy another new experience you’ll be fine, unless of course far guy starts rolling his eyes and making faces at you….

  4. Cathie says:

    Don’t worry! You’re a natural!!!!

  5. Avatar of abra la mente says:

    You’ve probably finished your meeting by now, so I can’t wish you luck, but I do hope it went well. I hope you all find lots of support.