5 stages of public speaking

When I am first invited to speak/workshop/speech-ify anywhere by anyone, I usually say yes before the other person has even finished his or her sentence.

(I have learnt now to take my time, to delay answering the e-mail, to ask a few questions on the phone…but I know I have agreed way before I give away the fact that I have agreed.)

It is a childhood fantasy, as well as an adult fantasy to be on stage with a microphone, talking and smiling. (I should smile less, I tell myself, as I try to learn to be more like others who seem more successful at this sort of thing. Who are more serious-faced and seem to be taken more seriously!)

So here are my 5 stages of public speaking: 

1) Agree immediately. Think of what I will wear.

2) Do nothing much to prepare. Scribble some notes in my phone, which I will later forget to look at.

3) Become unable to sleep/eat/talk/socialise just before the event. Feel nauseous, ill, stricken, headache, lose my way to the airport/venue and get late.  This is what the descent to hell must feel like…

4) Go on stage and smile a lot. Speak and present, pause and listen. 

5) I’m a born-again human being! I can eat a little. I am alive. I am good! Hello world, I made it to the other side. 

About Natasha Badhwar

"Because I'm a Tinker. That's who I am. Tinkers fix things. But I can't do it alone." (Pause for lots of action. Group Action......) "You did it, Tinker, you saved Spring!" I also have three children, one marriage, a million friends and one life.
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2 Responses to 5 stages of public speaking

  1. Monica Aggarwal says:

    Love the coolness the saree seems to be emitting. What a lovely color combination and absolutely love the jhumkas. Would like to hear your talk one day.

  2. Violet says:

    Ha ha.. this is me before doing anything out of routine and of the slightest importance 🙂 All 5 steps! You look lovely in the pictures. With a smile like that, you can get away with any content;) Is there a recorded presentation that I can watch?

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