Howdy!!! To R.E.S.P.E.C.T. someone is not something that can be taught; neither can it be imposed on someone by some laws. What is happening nowadays in country is known to all of you. So, let’s not go into the background. What my point is, it can only be stopped once people will learn to R.E.S.P.E.C.T.. [...]
February 16, 2012
Today I am going to tell you something that I never did in college and now I enjoy doing this. We call it here JAM Session while we were in college; we used to call it English Lab. We had 10 classes of English lab in college days and as I remember, I had attended not more than 5. The reason was, I never felt comfortable in addressing people by going on to the stage. So, I used to bunk the classes.
One day, I got caught in this event and there was an extempore kind of thing. We had to speak something about any topic, which was chosen randomly for about 2 minutes. I went to the dais and my topic was hole. At that time, nothing came in my mind; I was unable to speak even one sentence. I asked my teacher to give me another topic, but she refused. Then, I stood there for about 2 minutes and then I refused to speak. But my teacher was not ready to let me go. I stood there while other people spoke. After few minutes she asked me again, I said no again. Then she asked me to write about it and then read it in front of all. I tried to do that, but nothing was coming in my mind. I mean what I could have told about hole, such a silly topic it was. Finally the time for the lab was over and I was asked to speak in next lab. But for next lab I was not available .
I always stayed away from stages, public speaking kind of thing. Not even formal ones like technical presentation. However, I gave presentation on my project, 2 times, one seminar (just because, one of my very close friend, insisted me to) and I did not appear in one of my presentation. This was my college life.
Now, when I came here (job), in training we do a JAM (just a minute session). Every one has to speak for one minute; however, some people speak for 4-5 minutes and some for 30 seconds. In first round, I did my best to delay my appearance on stage, and I succeeded too. I was the last person in the class to speak. But then, when I spoke, I saw smiles on many faces, many people laughed too when I tried to make them laugh. And after speaking I felt a little confident.
I have heard people speaking about these things, that it takes practice, and one day you will not hesitate to speak in front of people. Now I realize that they say it right. On my next two visit to the stage, I spoke something related to one of my favorite book and reservation policy in India. Few of my colleagues really liked what I said. I felt really happy.
Now I wait for my turn eagerly, since I have spoken today, my next chance is going to come after at least a week .
Will be here soon
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