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My fear of public speaking

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For as long as I can remember I have actively avoided public speaking: even being involved in a seminar/lecture used to intimidate me. Whilst in school I was loud (and probably obnoxious) in the class room when sat in my seat. But ask me to stand up and talk to the class and I’d freeze up. These first few nervous forays into the realm of being ‘centre of attention’ made me uncomfortable, and so when group work came about I’d ensure I was not the member of my team that found themselves in the spotlight with all eyes on them….

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Maintaining motivation

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So I’d got a first in first year. After feeling the personal satisfaction of doing well, I decided that my challenge would be to graduate with a first. Throughout second and third year I made up one part of a tightly knit group of students who wanted to do well. We found ourselves teaching each other by re-enacting lectures: we would sneak into the theatres, and one of us would present economic arguments to the others. Afterwards we would review it and build upon it, compiling comprehensive answers that catered for any eventuality that our examiners may throw at us….

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Finding motivation

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I turned up to university, looked around, and saw that there was no one encouraging (forcing) me to work when back in school. Previously when people said “do your work”, I’d rebel against them by not doing my work: if only they’d known that this was how I worked they could’ve used Jedi mind tricks on me to get stuff done. This time, if I wanted something, it would be myself and myself  alone that had to earn it. Couple that with the grade boundary going up once more, meaning that m peers were 3 grades ‘better’ than me, and…

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