How comfortable would you be giving a speech to 100 people?

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Does the thought of giving a speech to a large crowd excite you or make you tremble at the knees? Would you give a speech to 15 people? What about 50 people? Make it 100, would you or could you do it?

If you had to give a speech to 100 people you knew, would you be more comfortable or would you be just as comfortable if all 100 people were strangers?

Have you ever given a speech to a large audience? If so, please tell us about it in the comments below the poll.

 

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Carol
24 days ago

Having been an AF officer, I was used to briefing my fellow troops and commanders. Funny, I was more nervous doing so with my peers than the commander!

Jim Carter
26 days ago

It really depends on the topic.
When I was working I would be called on to represent our company at various seminars and conferences. Many times it would be a relatively small audience.
A few times a year it would be for a much larger audience – but always on a topic in which I was very familiar.

Goldie
26 days ago

I have needed to speak to large groups both professionally and personally. The one time I had a problem with nerves was when I was asked to deliver the eulogy for my best friend’s father. The family wrote the eulogy but no one was comfortable or willing to deliver it. Giving voice to their love and respect for a wonderful man scared me almost speechless!

ValC
26 days ago

When i was attending a service school, we were given a topic and you were given 15 min to develop a 5 min pro or con speech about the subject. Learned that even when nervous if you believe in your subject or opinion its much easier!

Gene Bjerke
26 days ago

It is simply a matter of being well-prepared. If you know what you are going to say and how you want to say it you should be okay. If seeing a lot of people out there makes you feel nervous, you can always do the old speaker’s trick of imagining that they are sitting there in their underwear.

Rick
26 days ago

Give me a couple glasses of wine first and nerves are sufficiently relaxed. Perfect for wedding speeches!

Vanessa Simmons
26 days ago

Thanks to 4-H I have no problem standing up and speaking on almost any subject to any size group. I had to do it many times as the emcee at events while in the military. I really enjoyed teaching undergraduate classes at an Air Force base education program as well as MOS courses and other skills to the Army Reservist I served with.

Cindy
26 days ago

I’ve done it many times as a teacher and pastor’s wife, so it’s no problem. My husband is one of those that if you give him a topic, 5 or 10 minutes later he’s ready to speak on it! Confidence goes a long way.

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Mike Sokol (@mike)
26 days ago

Well, to me public speaking is just like playing music for a show, and I always have fun playing or speaking. I think the largest crowd I ever played in front of was 10,000 at a 4th of July gig on an army base. The largest public group I’ve ever spoken to was around 400 college students at a technology seminar on 5.1 surround sound production. I regularly present music production RV electricity seminars to 60 to 100 people, but in January of this year I did a seminar for RVillage in Florida with 300+ people attending, according to their records, and it was great. As long as I know my topic forwards and backwards I’m perfectly comfortable speaking to any size crowd. But pn the other hand, my wife has to go throw up before she speaks to a group of a dozen people. Two of my sons are great at public speaking, while the third one is terrified even though he’s a teacher at a technical high school. We’re all wired differently, I guess.

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
26 days ago
Reply to  Mike Sokol

I have Social Phobia. My mind goes blank when I have to speak with more than 1 or 2 people. I even get really stressed before a Zoom meeting with 4 or 5 people. 😯 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Todd Hartman
26 days ago

I spent over 10 years as a boy scout leader, and worked as an engineer, so did it all the time. Still don’t like it

Edstep
26 days ago

Many years ago I balked at the notion I would speak before about 20 people. I did accomplish this with no problem except for some butterflies and fast talking. I have, since, spoken before church crowds upwards of 100 people and political rallies to crowds of over 750. No problems. I once told a friend who could not understand public speaking that if he would give the topic and allow me thirty minutes to prepare while he drew the crowd. I could speak on the subject for fifteen minutes. He was too fearful to even draw the crowd.

Danny Evans
26 days ago

I’ve spoken before large crowds on numerous occassions. Always know your subject matter and understand it. Have a plan to present it. Do not depend on notes except for statistical matter if that’s included in the speech. Watch your audience, their faces will tell you all that you need to know about how they are receiving your message. Sometimes it may be necessary to adapt to maintain their attention.

Dave J
26 days ago

As an experienced Communications Officer in the Civil Air Patrol, I have found myself presenting semi-technical topics at conferences several times. As an experienced recreational sailor I presented on marine safety afloat and ashore to various sized groups. As has been stated one needs to know the subject, be ready for any questions on or near the subject, move around a lot, and use your hands and facial expressions as you would simply talking with friends.
Just consider your entire audience “your friends” and it’s not so scary.

Ron&Toxey
26 days ago

Had to do a fair amount of public speaking when I was working. The main key is knowing the topic you are going to present. My worst experience was on a topic I had only researched by talking to a couple of people. It was a disaster.

Ron T
26 days ago

I finally became comfortable speaking to crowds as a tour guide at the National Museum of Transport in St. Louis in 1980. I spent my free time poring over the files to learn more about the trains and cars I was describing until I could give 90 minute tours while walking backwards across the railroad ties! I now volunteer giving tours at the Military Veterans Museum & Education Center in Oshkosh and they are really just a conversation with the visitors from whom I glean more information. As everyone here seems to say, you just have to know your material.

Sink Jaxon
26 days ago

Notice those here who say they have no problem with public speaking, have a strong opinion?
🙂

James E O'Briant
26 days ago

Public speaking has never been an issue with me. (“She who must be obeyed” would add that talking of any kind is never a problem for me.) As conductor of community bands over the years, I’ve announced concerts to crowds exceeding 10,000. But you have to know exactly what you’re going to say and how you’re going to say it.

Doug
26 days ago

1) The day you don’t have butterflies, is the day you no longer care. Butterflies are a sign of concern that you will do well. So, psyche yourself up not out, just like athletes do before a game.

2) Don’t try to write out and read or memorize, then recite a speech. Instead, outline key points and then speak extemporaneously, using the outline as a guide. This is how great teacher do it; they know their subject and then follow a general outline as they teach. It will come across far less stilted and more like you are having a personal conversation with the audience, who, by the way, wants you to succeed. Save the manuscript speech for legal announcements where a slip could cause trouble. Save memorizes for acting in a show (and the Stage Manager will be sure to note and tell you of every slip up!).

Joe Allen
26 days ago

I use to do a presentation called, “I would rather die than speak” Put a little humor in it and found a way to bring people into public speaking. Rule number 1#; don’t use a podium! It becomes a crutch. A few others, but you get the message! Be confident and proceed!

Drew
26 days ago

I’d be fine with 99.

KellyR
26 days ago
Reply to  Drew

Drew – fine with 99: I am the same but found that the audience got bored while I counted.

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
26 days ago
Reply to  KellyR

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