The world voted number one fear is public speaking, however I find it comes rather naturally to me. I used this to my advantage after the Young Entrepreneur competition as I was asked to speak at the local primary schools to tell them of my success. It was funny because a lot of my teachers from primary school now work at other schools, so I managed to get in touch with some of them and go out to speak. I have to admit though, I still find it exciting to know their REAL names, and to be in the staff room!
I found that yes the children would be polite and sit quiet and listen to me but I wanted to inspire them, not bore them to tears. I had taken my sketch book along to one primary school and had all the classes draw things that made them happy (lots of ice creams, sweeties and weirdest of all, a bum??) I felt really good after that day because it really felt like I might have inspired them to work a little harder or be a little nicer to their teachers. They loved hearing about their teacher being my teacher too and what I noticed was the complete joy when I revealed to them that you can actually do a job that you really love.
To be honest I feel comfortable talking in front of big groups, small groups, adults and children but the most terrifying was speaking in front of my year group at school. Any year below me was absolutely fine, but my year group was much more daunting. I think it was just because I knew them properly and if I had made a mistake (which would have been fine) then I had to still spend time around them in classes.
There are a few more schools I plan to get in touch with after the summer and then when Sense Of Self takes off I hope to go round all the schools again and tell everybody how it’s going.