Five Minute Friday: Speak

It’s Friday!  Another stressful week at work, but I think we’re finally gaining traction.

Linking up with Kate Motaung and the Five Minute Friday community.

This week’s prompt is: speak


I’ve often heard that one of the most common phobias is public speaking.

I get it.  There’s been a few times when I’ve actually wanted to speak, but most often I’m reticent.

I think if I had a burning passion that I wanted to communicate, it would be easier.

Actually, I have a lot of burning passions, but none that are focused and well-articulated.  Plus, they tend to migrate depending on what’s happening in my life and what’s influencing me at the moment.

Overall, I prefer written communication to spoken.  But, most speeches are written, so the mediums do overlap.

Fear to put your words out there transcends all forms of communications.

I’d say a percentage of that fear is healthy and keeps us from saying what we shouldn’t.  Most of it, though, is just a stumbling block that prevents us from connecting with people.



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2 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Speak

  1. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser

    Public speaking is one of the things I really miss, Beth. My first effort was such a disaster – with unreadable Powerpoint slides, so I had to describe what people WOULD be seeing – that (after returning to the airport and getting roaring drunk) I realized that nothing I ever did in speaking could be worse.

    It took the pressure off, and for awhile people actually looked forward to my talks.

    #2 at FMF this week.

  2. Lesley

    I agree with what you say about passion. I used to be terrified of public speaking and I only got over it when my passion for what I was speaking about became greater than the fear. Now I actually quite enjoy it, but it is a big responsibility to put our words out there, whether in speaking or in writing. We do need to think carefully about what we say. Visiting from FMF #42.


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