The only exam I failed at school was German language.
I studied two languages – French and German. I passed my French exam easily, and failed the German exam easily.
I know why I failed.
The German syllabus was 90% spoken, whereas the French syllabus was focused on learning to read and write in French. When we spoke French, it was mostly reading aloud from a textbook. A whole lesson could go by without me having to converse in French with one of my classmates. Even better, in the exam I didn’t have to speak any French at all.
The German class was different. The focus was on speaking conversational German – so in class it was all talk, talk, talk. For a shy 11 year old boy with public speaking anxiety, this was simply a recipe for disaster.
At this point you might be wondering why on earth I chose to learn German given my fear of public speaking. At the time I had a choice between learning physics or German for the last two years at school. I’d already done a year of physics and knew I didn’t have the makings of a rocket scientist or astronaught, so German seemed like the obvious choice.
The German exam comprised a one hour conversation (in German) with the examiner, a person I’d never met before. My teacher sat in a corner and observed the proceedings. A large microphone was placed in front of me, to capture my every word, so the examiner could assess my performance later. There I sat, all eyes, and ears on me. I can smile now as I recall the memory, but at the time I wasn’t smiling. I was a nervous wreck!
Public speaking anxiety
That exam wasn’t the last time I struggled with public speaking anxiety. I struggled with it for a large chunk of my life until I found a way to break free of the fear and to start enjoying speaking, and performing in public.
Is the fear of public speaking holding you back in your career or life?
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The first step to overcoming public speaking anxiety
The first step to overcoming public speaking anxiety is to develop an understanding of what anxiety is and where it comes from. Once you have that understanding, saying ‘goodbye’ to your public speaking anxiety becomes a whole lot easier and quicker than you may have thought possible.
Once your free, you’ll find, like I did, that so many opportunities open up for you.
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Hab eine großartige woche! (Have a great week!)
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