Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tackling Public Speaking

It was a proud and inspiring day for my fellow ILCers and I in the Women and Leadership class. I woke up feeling a little anxious to present in front of my class and teachers, because when the few times I've presented, I blanked out on the spot.

We knew ahead of time that Thursday morning were the practice presentations for the rest of my classmates, then after lunch were our individual presentations.

My eight NEMOW cohort members and I were dressed nicely in semi-formal clothing for our presentations. Class presentations reconvened after lunch at 1:00 PM.

It was amazing to listen about my classmates' Action Plan goals and how they were going to implement them in their schools and communities.

I was the ninth presenter today (before Jessie) which would include ten presenters.

A major problem in my public speaking is blanking out at times and the lack of experience in speaking to large groups. In yesterday's previous Women and Leadership class Dean Almandrez gave us lots of time to for a mock presentation in front of our peers. It was very useful to practice my speech in front of an audience, get asked questions and given feedback.

Because I am working on an Action Plan with Maria and Cynthia at our high school, we each went up to present our version. Remembering all my siblings, friends, school community back home who will benefit, while giving my speech, helped a me to not be nervous.

As always, there is room for improvement, and now I know more of how I present and what I should fix.

Our ILC chaperon, Jennifer Azucena Sklar Gilbert came to support us, ask us questions, and give useful feedback. Overall, everyone's Action Plan is different pertaining to what is important in their school community.

Dean Almandrez, excused our whole class about thirty minutes early, after presentations. We all felt grateful and thankful for the frangrant deep red single rose each of us received from Jenny after our presentations. It felt like the last day of school again, as everyone took pictures and gave thanks and farewells. Jenny went over our new updated itinerary, for this weekend in NYC. Soon, most of the ILCers and two of our classmates, went to SNOTEA Caffe, across the street behind CIT building (where our classroom is located). I had a mixed fruit crepe with a scoop of vanilla icecream and dollop of whipped cream.


  1. Practice makes perfect, don't worry, I will help you to practice. I will need presenters soon :) Have fun in NY :) you will love it!!!

  2. Remember what I told you all about speaking in front of the School Board or at your Brown dinner in San Francisco? I told you that you were among friends and can do no wrong. The same goes for this group. You can get up there and blabber away with drool running down your chin and they'll all think you were perfect.

    So what's to worry about?