Showtime: A Short Poem and Tips for Presenting

For as long as I can remember, I’ve both hated and feared presenting; Something I unfortunately had to do a lot as a student. However, after years of forced piano recitals, school concerts, and public speaking events, I’ve begun to enjoy presenting. However, many people don’t share my sentiments, as evident from an analysis done by STATS. Because of this, I’ve decided to write a short poem to illustrate the terror and anxiety the very concept of presenting gives us, no matter how well we actually perform.

 

Showtime

Pray, play, fade away

Black light, white noise,

Pitch, bright grey.

 

Shiver

Shock

Shaking hands

Sharpened mind

Deep breath in

Tell your lies.

 

Singing your eulogy

Digging your grave.

Carved on a headstone

Words you don’t want to say.

 

Words you created

Words you once knew.

Damned if you don’t

Damned if you do.

 

Frozen in fear

In Winter we Fall.

Lose the battles

But learn from them all.

 

High noon, heart pounding

High stakes, pure gold

Ebb to the flow.

Caught in the cold.

 

Storm before the calm.

Bracing for tears

War before peace.

Your sentence is near.

 

Nothing to fear

Nothing to lose

Nothing lost

But a chance.

Take it

Use it

Deserve it.

 

Redeemed.

Accepted.

From fractured to whole.

Brought back to life,

Score that last goal.

 

Breathe

Leave

Take your seat

Born a butterfly

Freed as a bee.


If you’re anxious about presenting, which is something you’ll likely have to do as a student, I have four tips to give to you;

  • Practice your script ahead of time. Pretty obvious as to why you want to do this, but it’ll improve the confidence, pacing, and clarity of your speech. Even if your script isn’t phenomenal, people naturally pay more attention to the people who sound like they know what they’re doing.
  • If you want to improve your public speaking skills, listen to other people’s performances and see what you can improve on. If your main goal is to survive the presentation, and you’re already very nervous, then don’t pay attention to the people before you. Whether it be true or not, you’ll end up telling yourself how bad you are compared to them, making you even more anxious.
  • Breathe before you begin. Breathe during your presentation. Breathe after you end. Taking a deep breath before you begin will help you calm down and improve your presentation quality. Breathing in the middle will help you control the flow and pacing of your speech. Breathing once you finish will help you calm down and stop you from thinking your usual,”OHNOIDIDSOBADWHATAMIGOINGTODONOW?!” Breathing is also kind of essential for living, so TLDR: Just remember to breathe.
  • All presentations can be redeemed. End strong, and that’s what people will remember. However, learning to start strong as well isn’t a bad idea.

If you have stage fright, it never goes away. But then I wonder: is the key to that magical performance because of the fear?

– Stevie Nicks

Here is a video covering a few other tips that you may find useful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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