Am I comfortable having to get up and make a speech in front of a group? No. I’m scared to death. I am actually trembling. But you reverse this and if I am teaching a class? I’m just fine even if there are 200 in there. The difference is the purpose.
I do not see the speech the same way I see the class. In a class I need to convey to you my knowledge and offer proof that the facts are correct. A speech? It’s to motivate and inform. I’m not sharing a damn thing. I’m telling you.
My style is much more causal and relaxed than a speech. They may be the same thing almost but they aren’t. I can relax with the class. We can have two-way communication. We can share a laugh. I can tell you to turn that cell phone off in a way that I can’t doing a speech. A speech is on a different ground.
Am I good at Speeches? I’m the one in speech class that everyone hated. “I go after HIM” was a line I heard one time. I’m not sure why they thought I was so good. I simply went into impart what I know mode. But I was still scared to death and hated I didn’t have freedom. I had to follow a set pattern. I was also shaking every speech I ever gave. Apparently it was internal. No one ever commented on it.
I hate to speak but I love to teach. And you will learn something by the time you get out of that classroom with me.