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‘How I Conquered Stage Fright’ Essay by 10 year old Bookosmian from Singapore

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Devina Haralalka

Happy Wednesday! Your friend, Sara here.  It can be quite nerve wracking to talk on a stage in front of many people. 10 year old Devina Haralalka from Singapore felt that too but she overcame her fear. How? Do read to find out!

Devina goes to Singapore American School and is a student of Word Munchers.

‘How I Conquered Stage Fright’ Essay by 10 year old Bookosmian from Singapore

It was a late Sunday evening and I was at the soccer field playing with my friends. We were playing my favourite game, dodge ball but somehow I was unable to focus. The next day was important as I was participating in a science competition. I had been busy building a talking robot which I would be presenting to the judges.

 

Being watched by people and thinking of what they would think of me made me a bit anxious.

 

The next day arrived and I was all set to give my presentation. I had butterflies in my stomach as this was the first time that I was giving a presentation in front of a panel of judges.

 

I wanted it to be a success as I had worked very hard. Soon, it was my turn. I mustered up all my courage and went on the stage to showcase the cool things my robot could perform.

 

My legs were shaking and my heart was pounding. I wanted to vanish.

 

I glanced at my teacher and she gave me a thumbs up. Everybody was cheering. I had forgotten the speech that I had rehearsed again and again and when I went to say something, nothing came out. I was frightened but I ignored that feeling.

 

I told myself, “ Come on Devina, you can do it!” Slowly, everything resurfaced and I felt more confident.

 

My words became sharper and I knew I was doing a good job as I looked at the mesmerised audience listening intently to what I was saying.

 

I ended the presentation after a nice one hour explanation and confidently left the stage. I had finally overcome my fear. I knew I had done well and told myself, “Good Job, Devina!“

 

After this day, I started believing more in myself.

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