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My Fear of Public Speaking

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´╗┐Abera Kirubel A. Abera Professor Erika Allen English 1101 07 July 2012 My Fear of Public Speaking Fear is defined often as a negative reaction provoked by a looming danger. As humans, we have felt this negative emotion in varying degrees. Some of us fear snakes, heights, death and even the number Thirteen. My fear keeps me from expressing my ideas and myself. My fear is public speaking. Born and raised in Ethiopia I spoke Amharic my native language, until the age of fourteen. I then moved to the United States to join my family. Coming to a new country already had lots of challenges; having to learn a new language makes it a lot harder to overcome the fear of public speaking. Can you imagine how difficult it was to move? We find it hard moving to a different apartment let alone a whole new country. I had to move from a different continent. ...read more.


My heart was beating so fast I thought any minute it would jump out and run away. I walked in slowly, with measured steps. I didn?t want to disturb the creatures. Not wanting them to turn on me this minute, I sat at my desk avoiding any eye contact and made myself as small as a mouse. I was hoping the main monstrous creature sitting behind the desk would not utter my name. ?Ko row beil,? the creature shrieked murdering my name. For a moment, I thought, ?That?s not my name. Should I sit here till the monster gets it right?? No, I thought it best not to anger the beast. I stood quickly and moved toward the front of the class. Approaching the front, I smelled a strong perfume emanating from the creatures body. The perfume was so strong it smelled like toilet cleaner with a hint of citrus. ...read more.


I finished my presentation it wasn?t perfect but I was done. As I sat back at my chair in relief, the creature stepped out from behind its desk. Looking at the monster?s face I saw similarities. It had the same demeanor, caring and loving as my mother. The monster was no more. Of course, my fear was not just a fear of speaking to people; rather it was not being understood. There were many factors that added to my fear of public speaking. I believe not being raised by my parents and societal tradition in Ethiopia was significant. In Africa war, famine, and political are realities that separate families. My family had no control over these uncontrollable situations. As a consequence I was not raised by my parents. Not being raised by my parents had impacted my confidence and made me fearful of speaking in public. However, I?m thankful of my first speech in English class. The speech that day built up my character and made me a better person. Works Sited Harper, Douglas. ?Fear.? Online Etymology Dictionary. Web. 03 Jul 2012. ...read more.

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