Speaking with Confidence – Daily Prompt

Several surveys have been conducted to determine humans’ biggest fear. The results showed that public speaking, formally known as glossophobia, struck the majority of those tested as the most intimidating. It could be argued that the task seems daunting due to the fact that many are “inexperienced” in this area; however, this is far from the case. Humans interact with each other and develop communication skills on a daily basis; therefore, “lack of exposure” to public speaking is an illegitimate excuse. Granted, many people lack organized thought process and education concerning correct gestures and tone, resulting in poor speaking skills, but this isn’t the case for the entirety of the seventy-five percent of those who claimed to have glossophobia. So what exactly causes this apprehension? Public speaking is subconsciously viewed by many as a threat towards the demoting of self value. Self value is determined either by comparison to others or feedback from others. To avoid public speaking is actually a method of preserving one’s image; the true fear isn’t communicating to an audience, but actually of harming one’s own self value.

Being that I am confident in my communication skills, as many of the writers here on WordPress are, I feel that public speaking isn’t an intimidating task. Whether it is a formal practiced speech or an extemporaneous rendition, I feel that if one is confident in his message and has the ability to express his thoughts in an appropriate and organized style, then what is there to fear? To continue with that idea, if one is not learned in the fundamentals of proper communication, he must become educated in order to conduct not only a profitable career, but also to effectively maintain relationships and develop confidence so that self value is no longer a factor. Promote a better society by becoming educated and comfortable with the idea of public speaking. 

written for The Daily Post, Daily Prompt: Naked with Black Socks 

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To Affirm The Artists

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“If you’re interested in the arts, pursue the arts. The bohemian is a declining species! Embrace the fact that you have pictures in your mind. Put them to paper, through pen or paint, because many people don’t have the confidence to create such works.”  

When One Door Closes, Another Opens – Daily Prompt

When one door closes, another opens.

It’s a cliché statement, but it couldn’t be more true, especially at this point in my life. Senior year is going to fly by, and the next major step of my life will begin: college. I plan to go to Columbia College Chicago and study journalism; writing is my passion, and although I realize that it’s difficult to break into the industry, I’m confident that my work ethic and skill will appeal to employers and I WILL find a job. Despite the number of times I get criticized by my peers and authority figures for my “poor career choice,” I honestly can’t see myself pursuing a different profession.

To refer back to the six words I chose, I understand fully that artist are often rejected by employers, critics, audiences of various sorts, and so on. But when one door closes, another opens – a lost opportunity isn’t a disappointment, but a growing experience. I believe that the key to success in any profession is persistence and motivation; rejection allows one to access their work and correct imperfections in style, which increases one’s skill and probability of employment. In other words, the correct response to denial will always lead to alternative opportunities.

I’m not always the most positive person – I would definitely describe myself as a realist more than anything. However, I find comfort in my ambition. I may be speaking from the stance of a young and inexperienced teenager, but I genuinely believe that one should enjoy the career he chooses. Authorities’ and peers’ opinions may be a factor, money may be the American dream, but the pursuit of happiness is everyone’s ultimate goal. Choose a profession for the experience and personal satisfaction it provides, no matter how difficult the path to success may be. In the future, doors will close for me. But if I react with an appropriate response that builds rather than defeats, I’m confident that new opportunities will show themselves available. 

written for The Daily Post, Daily Prompt: Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other.