*A Monday……*

By Freek at 10:02 pm on Monday, April 10, 2006

Yes, I’ve tried my best to avoid doing assembly talks and today was no exception. Was supposed to introduce the Current Affairs quiz happening this week but told my partner that I’d take care of the forms and displays instead. So, as a result, went home at about 8pm last Friday.

And so this morning, my partner got another person to act with him. He had the cheek to tell me later, “It went very well.” Ah well, “Good for you,” I said. It doesn’t matter cos’ I know, I’m not a speaker.

It’s funny how I am a teacher but I’m unable to speak in an assembly like that. No, don’t get me wrong. Not that I can’t stand in front and speak. Tell me to announce prizes, I can. Tell me to dance, I’ll gladly do it. But tell me to stand there and act spontaneously, now THAT is something I have never been able to do since I got into Secondary school. I’ve tried and I’ve failed. I’ve tried public speaking in front of my class but when I got on to the finals on stage, I flunked big time.

It took a threat that non-actors might not get good grades for one of the drama modules in NIE, to get me to act in a supporting role as ‘makcik-makcik’ kepo.

It didn’t take much coaxing to get me to choreograph or dance, though. Seriously, you tell me to dance, I’ll do it 100 times over. Please don’t force me act when I can’t.

I know I’ll be in great trouble with such a weakness. But yeah, whatever.

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Comment by Suhaila

April 14, 2006 @ 4:05 am

I think speaking in front of any audience is terrifying. It takes a lot of guts to be able to just stand there, in my opinion.

I remember my own dosage of stage fright, when I was 5 or 6. There was some sort of a Malay community event and one of the programmes included a children’s singing competition. It was sort of an on-the-spot kinda thing and me, being the yayafied and yer-yer-orh kid, persuaded my mam to let me enter. While I watched other kids struggle with their words, I thought I’d mustered the courage and would perform better than them. However, Allah was Great and showed me how riak I was.

I couldn’t even open my mouth when it was my turn. Ack!

So girl, it definitely takes plenty of courage to step in front of a crowd and just deliver something. It also takes time (and probably a course on public speaking, heh) as well. Insya Allah, you’ll develop the courage. 🙂

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