One clap that changed everything

in story •  last year



  He wanted to say something but his words were struck in mouth like someone suddenly snatched his speaking power. He was trying hard but his voice was not crossing his throat. He was feeling as if somebody is strangling him. He could feel drops of sweat on his nose. Legs were shaky as if he had a cold bath in iceberg. Heartbeat pouncing as if wanted to jump out of his chest. All he could hear is his breathing noise. He wanted to run away and hide his face so nobody could ever see it again but he was not able to move an inch as if he was glued to floor. All he was managed to do is biting is lips so hard that they actually started to bleed. Audience before him was looking at his face as if he was some kind of Alien. They were expecting him to at least say something or to make any sound but he was there standing still and cold like a dead body.

      

       Inter university speech competition was in progress and it was my turn to deliver a speech. I never had a speech in my life before not on a stage like that before. All I was seeing 300 people in auditorium just ready to laugh at me. It was not that my confidence shattered but it was my fear that was keeping me from uttering a single word. I was feeling that if I  spoke people may laugh at me or my pronunciation would be so dumb that I will sound silly. I had the fear that my parents are sitting in some rows back there , it was fear of not getting position and failing in front of parents. I had the fear of forgetting script in middle somewhere. It was fear of me not being perfect at what I do.


    I was standing there as dumb as box of rocks. Looking down at my script page everything was fading away. I was watching letters from script flying and moving and then just disappearing in the rows of audience. My inner soul was calling me to quit but my mind was not ready and there was a war going in between my soul and my mind. I was at the verge of giving up , just before I opened my mouth to say sorry I heard a clap from the back rows . It was the only one clap I was hearing and suddenly it changed too two claps ,Oh my GOD ! claps goes on increasing till the whole auditorium was echoing with sounds of claps and it was such a melody for me to hear.


   My fear started to fade away my voice became little audible and here it was I heard first thing coming out of my mouth was "Mr. President sir " . I just started delivering speech ,words were coming out of my mouth like a gun firing .I was feeling as light as feather and all those people who were silently watching me were now clapping at the pauses I took during speech. Last word came out of my mouth and it was "I thank you all". 


Turned around and went straight back to my seat . I was not worried about the results , in fact I knew already that I did my part well so it was not a matter of winning or loosing to me anymore. I was the last one to deliver speech and the only one to get standing ovation from audience. Soon results were announced and I was the winner of the contest


  • I learned one lesson that day  that I will not worry about losing before trying. I will never fear no matter what how much difficult the situation is . Fear is nothing but extra weight that will make you sink. another very important lesson that I learned was to support the person who is in need no matter what limits I have to go. That one clap I don't know about who was clapping saved my confidence as a speaker. If that clap was not there I would not have ever been  able to deliver speech. 


  • I hope you must have learned something from this story and if you do like it please press the up vote button it wont cost you anything but it will keep my morale high as writer just like that clap kept my morale high as speaker.



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thanks buddy I am back after month I hope to get your support :)

Love this post - you do a terrific job of describing the moment of fear and the pivotal clap. Public speaking is always one of the top phobias and you can get quite the shot of adrenaline when you successfully pull it off :)

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I've read somewhere that people are more afraid of public speaking that of death, which is a bit funny and scary at the same time if you think about it...

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Terrific story and a great lesson to learn from it. Nothing quite like the rush of speaking in front of an audience and receiving that ovation. Makes me miss my days on stage in my old community theater group :)

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thanks for kind words :)

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thanks for kind words :)

Amazing post man! loved the story! Upvoted

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thanks a lot :)

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Welcome!

I just upvoted and resteemed your blog. I think everyone should read your post that is going through difficulties it will read differently for everyone. But for me it gave me courage to face what I am going through right now thanks I really needed the confidence. That one clap made all the difference to you and that is all it takes. I wish others would give a person in need a clap or too. You never know when that may change someone elses life. Thanks again

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thanks for such an amazing words I hope you will face everything courageously and I wish I could be the one who will be one clap for you. May God be with you ,keep in touch

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thanks i will keep writing and ill keep reading and may God be with you

this is really nice from you i like it

Very lovely article
Keep it up
I am your new follower

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thanks I have a new story please look at it too and I followed you back

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Yes sure
Keep it up

Wow man this is really inspiring. I love that mentality. Don't be afraid before you have tried :) Powerful stuff.

Talk soon.

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followed you I hope you will keep reading my stuff thanks

Nice story and overcoming that fear!

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thanks :) fear is our greatest enemy