Tried to Add Speech Class…
Well tonight I went off to the community college center again, this time in hopes(sort of) of adding a speech class. I went to the class and sat down nervously in the 2nd row. I seated myself one chair away from a guy who looked to be in his mid thirties, early forties. So far I’ve mostly been talking to women because it’s easier for me I guess being a girl and all, so I decided to try and talk to a guy.
At first I thought I wasn’t going to end up talking to him. I felt pretty awkward, and instead pretended to focus on the speech book and flip through the pages. I glanced at him from time to time to see if he might want to talk, but he too was flipping through the speech book and reading parts of it. Eventually I finally said “This is the only book we need right?” as I pointed to the book we both held. He looked up and smiled and said yeah, and that he had asked the teacher that too. I said that’s good and he said yeah it’s pretty cheap too, which is nice. I asked him if he was already registered for the class, and he said he was the first on the list to add, and I told him that I was trying to add too but was further down the list. Then the class started and the teacher started speaking.
The teacher said that he wasn’t going to be able to add many people, and read off a list of names of the people he couldn’t add that signed up. Unfortunately, I was one of the names he called, so I had to gather my things and leave. I was sort of disappointed because he seemed like a pretty nice teacher and was understanding that nobody is really looking forward to this class and he wanted to ease everyone into speaking slowly. I think I’ll take his speech class another semester. I thought taking a speech class would be great for part of the Shyness Project, but unfortunately I didn’t get in. I do have to confront my public speaking fears though, so I’m thinking of other options like Toastmasters that I can do to put myself in that feared situation. I hate presentations and public speaking, but I know it will be helpful for me if I at least try.