When I was in high school, I hated talking in front of people. Every time a teacher said “you have to present your project in front of the class”, I would cringe and panic. Want to know why I did not like presenting in front of people? I was always the one that was teased in front of my face. It didn’t matter if I practiced for the presentation or not, kids would always laugh at me in front of the teacher.
Before presentations, I would always study other children and observe the way other kids paid attention to the presenter(s). I always thought why can’t people pay attention to me like that? Of course, it was because I was unpopular, but it was so sad that people laughed at me because of my quiet demeanor.
After all the teasing in high school about presentations, I went to college with a better mindset. I continued to practice, but I began to blossom confidence when I presented. I learned in college that people don’t laugh at you. They don’t even pay much attention, but I feel so much better about presenting because I understand what I’m talking about and I’m confident about what I am saying.
I find it amazing that confidence has changed the way I view about presentations. Confidence can change the way we act or feel about anything. If we dress accordingly, we feel better about ourselves. For some women/ girls, makeup makes them feel better about themselves.
Everyone has to gain confidence to do the best that they can for anything. When we are feeling less confident, we have to call on God to help us feel better. I’ve learned that I feel so much better when I ask God to be my voice while I present. If you’re worried about what you’re going to say during an interview; what you’re going to say during a first date (I will look back at this post when it’s my time), then you can count on God to be that voice for you.
I’ve realized that I’ve become much more confident in myself as I grow in Christ. It’s amazing how reading God’s Word, praying and listening to Gospel music will do for my soul on the inside. He just makes me feel like I will make it through every college presentation, interview, and anything else that deals with public speaking. I think about all those times that kids laughed at me when I presented. The enemy may have used those kids to knock down my confidence, but I have grown so much from presentation disasters in high school. I thank God for allowing that experience to happen!
If you’re having trouble with confidence, repeat these affirmations:
I am confident!
I am strong and powerful!
I believe in myself!
Developing confidence will improve my life!
I am fearfully and wonderfully made!
I will make it!
When you repeat these affirmations, say it with authority! Feel it in your heart when you speak these affirmations. Remember confidence doesn’t grow overnight.
I hope that you become confident in yourself so that you can conquer the world. If you have confidence, never become arrogant! God does not like pride, but he does like when you are confident in Him. Have a blessed day, night, and evening!
Prayer: God, give us the confidence that we need to get through this world. Don’t ever let us become arrogant or prideful in ourselves. We want to make you proud, but also make the enemy mad that we are enjoying who we are becoming. Help us to speak well in public settings with no insecurities. We want to be secure in what we are proclaiming with our tongue Father! In Your name, Amen!
2 Corinthians 7:16 KJV – I rejoice therefore that I have confidence in you in all things