Non-fatal Public Speaking

Last night I read my piece, “Adventures in Jet Skiing” to a small, yet dare I say, appreciative group, at 621 Gallery in Tallahassee. Oddly enough, I wasn’t terribly nervous. I’d had to edit my original piece to better suit a live reading, and I believe it worked well.

The most difficult part of the evening was waiting my turn while several gifted, published poets read their own pieces. I was entertained and enthralled and ultimately concerned that my piece would be out of place in the setting. Still, when my name was called I rose to the occasion and gamely delivered my tale of surviving my first, and hopefully last, jet ski ride.

Thankfully those in attendance laughed in most of the right places. It helped that I had three lovely friends show up to support me. Julie, Denise, and Lisa, you ladies rock.

If you’ve got a few minutes to waste, Julie filmed most of my reading. I definitely need to slow down my delivery and enunciate more precisely. I chose not to use the microphone because the speaker had an odd and distracting thrum going on, so my recorded voice is a bit too quiet. Thanks to Julie I now have a checklist of things to work on for the next time I am brave enough to step in front of an audience.

Peace, people!

https://nananoyz5forme.com/2016/08/23/riding-a-jet-ski-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly/

Author: nananoyz

I'm a semi-retired crazy person with one husband and two cats.

21 thoughts on “Non-fatal Public Speaking”

  1. You bring life to the words from print you wrote. I loved hearing your story even more than I did reading it the very first time–and I love reading that story over and over. (I think it was the first story of yours I ever read). Thank you for sharing the small things that make life not only bearable, but enjoyable as well. I can’t wait to see the next one!

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  2. Love you voice. And you know? You got the audience in your hand. They reacted warmly xxxx Being further back recording it would make it sound fainter. So yeah concentrate on these positives too. Well done. YOu aced it in many ways x

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