When I was nine, I had stage fright. There was a story telling class and it was my turn to present my story to the class. However, I was frozen stiff, convinced that I could not do it, and I cried. I could not speak and was led away by my teacher amongst the students’ laughter. I never presented again until I was in secondary school. But, when I spoke in front of my friends for a project presentation, I remembered that I could do it and that I did not make a mistake.
Surprisingly, the words flowed freely out of my mouth! I was amazed and as I finished, I felt a wave of relief wash over me. I had overcome my fear! I was ecstatic, as I knew it would greatly benefit me for sure in my future talks and presentations when I was much older.
Indeed, I was glad to have overcome my fear. It meant so much to me. I had finally grasped the true concept of overcoming stage fright. Overcoming that fear was the simplest thing one could accomplish without a sweat. I realized that all I needed to do was to relax, and to speak my mind, but of course, controlling my words. I was afraid of making a mistake, which caused the first episode of stage fright that time.
Ever since that incident, I have changed and I am no longer afraid of speaking publicly or on stage. That incident has caused me to be more confident in whatever I did, be it my presentations, or what I did. I was no longer the old me, who used to be so frightened at every presentation and every task that required speaking to groups of people. Now, I can speak and present to audiences smoothly without mistakes, getting better and better at them.
Every time I think back to the very day I succeeded in presenting to my classmates, it is one of my greatest achievements that mean so much to me because without that achievement, I will never be able to present to people when I am older, which is important if I want to succeed in my studies and life.