Fear of Making a Presentation: National HIV Testing Day:

First, I want to start off and say, I am not a presenter. I never have been. Getting up and talking in front of people seemed to be the worst kind of torture to me. I hated it and I never could remember all I was supposed to say or do. They say the only way to conquer a fear is to do it often and repeatedly.hiv-testing-day-468Recent events have allowed me to put this theory into practice. I have had to come out of my shell and actually speak to people. At first I was terrified about speaking in front of people and having all their eyes on me, it was a nerve-wracking feeling. Well, I gritted my teeth, buckled down to practice and got through it with a lot of help and support from others. Now I have been making presentations on a pretty regular basis, and this mostly involves talking to people about living with HIV and how it has had an impact on my life. Wanting to help other people living with HIV is what gave me the push to tackle more public speaking. I wanted to educate others on the disease, those living with it and those who are not.

Being able to help and educate people was important to me. It’s important that the word get out there that living with HIV is not a death sentence anymore, you can live a long and healthy life. I can’t say I still don’t get nervous before a presentation, but once I’m warmed up it’s usually a piece of cake. I usually practice what I’m going to say the night before, and it really helps when you have a partner to practice with. That way you have somebody besides yourself listening to your presentation, and they are able to give you feedback on it.

I would say you can really start speaking out anywhere, but probably keep it small at first. As long as you have the passion to educate, inform and help people you will be able to speak up anywhere. It doesn’t matter if you have the experience or not. Your passion will shine through.

June 27th is National HIV Testing Day. As we observe this day, take time to create awareness and encourage testing. So, I challenge you to take the first step as well and speak out.

Here are a few sites for additional information:

aPositiveLife.com

https://www.aids.gov/news-and-events/awareness-days/hiv-testing-day/

Share with us the steps that  you take in observing this day.

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Fear of Making a Presentation: National HIV Testing Day:

  1. I agree it’s pretty scary speaking in front of strangers. I learned by doing it as well. Starting with a few friends and family then gradually you learn to speak before more people. I think the scariest part is looking out upon a sea of faces that you don’t know. Find that one face you know or seems friendly and interested in your subject. HIV/AIDS is a very important subject and the stigma is as bad as the disease itself. Finding a subject you have real feelings about helps you overcome any fears. The more you learn the more you want to share. Your speech becomes part of you and before you know it you’ll realize you’re not looking at your notes or rehearsed speech. By your post I’d say you have beaten those doubts and fear. Keep speaking and educate everyone. One day soon I hope to step up and beat my demons too. Together we all can do it.

  2. I get terrified whenever I think about speaking in front of strangers. But, when it comes to a topic that I am passionate about, I find it a little easier to talk about because the topic is a piece of my life story. It is encouraging to read your advice about practicing. It might be able to help me, especially because I tend to talk very quickly whenever I do get in front of an audience.

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