Monday, May 24, 2010

Procrastinating and Public Speaking

Hi guys. How was your weekend? Mine was pretty good. I spent a lot of it procrastinating, and pretending like I didn't have a talk to prepare. It totally recommend this method.

Let me explain. In my church, there isn't a pastor who gives sermons every Sunday. Instead, the Bishop asks different people from the congregation to prepare talks on various subjects, such as scriptures, and family. There are usually 2-3 speakers every Sunday, and the talks are about 15-20 minutes long. Mine was on Temples.

You can say no, of course. They aren't gonna force you to do it if you really don't want to. But even though public speaking from a pulpit isn't exactly on list of favorite things to do, I decided to go for it.

I had plenty of time to prepare. I was asked over a month ago. I could have been ready and practicing weeks ago.

But you know me better than that.

I got up at 6:30am on Sunday to write it. And suddenly my weekend of procrastination didn't seem so awesome.

At church I was so nervous. My hands were shaking and my heart was pounding, and my mouth felt as dry as cotton. I stood up and stared out over the faces of the congregation, and was thankful that half of them seemed preoccupied with fussy babies and energetic toddlers.

I lost my place a few times, and I couldn't stop waving my hands around. But overall, I think it went well.

Afterward people were saying things like "Fantastic" "Best talk I've ever heard!" and "So when are you speaking at General Conference?"

I guess they liked it.

I'm just glad it's over.


Kenzie said...

Sounds like it was a success then! On Mother's Day they caught me as I walked in Church to do a reading, I had 5 minutes to read it before they called me up. My eyes didn't leave the paper then entire time!

the thrifty ba said...

my 9 yr old son had to do the scripture in primary this week and wanted to pick his own. well, he picked genesis 6:12-14. now he always picks something with noah b/c he loves animals, but i have no idea what this has to do with animals.
i was in the back laughing so hard i was crying and sliding off my chair! when i walked into rs, they thought i was crying out of pride b/c he picked his own scripture.
so not the case...

Chantel said...

Good job! Next time, have a voice recorder next to you so I can listen to it and pretend I was there. Then, after you send me the recorder in the mail, I'll send it back with my score card.

Amie Jo said...

You are so funny! You know how people avoid the bishopric on Sundays to avoid being asked to talk...or at least some claim to...well I rarely see them since I live in Primary. Well the grocery store is not safe! They caught us there and asked us to speak this sunday. OMG! I have been sick about it everytime I think about it! I always think what the heck, why not? and I am starting to remember why not... It's good to hear that yours went well, I am already trying to forget I have a talk....

La-Dee-da crafter said...

I am sure it was great. I spoke a few weeks ago as well. When I first became a member of the church the idea of even giving my testimony was horrifying, but now with my calling in RS, I am much better. What a great topic though.
I am so grateful for the Temples and so humbled to be worthy to enter.
Happy crafting this week!

Angela Brian said...

just found your blog. new follower!

my goodness, it is a complete gem!

i give a talk on sunday and am also way nervous.

can't wait to see what you post next.

(oh and i am from pleasant grove, utah too)

~~Mia~~ said...

I totally am 10000% confident that you so rocked it!!!!!!!!!!!!

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