There are certain things in life that just seem to be there to bring you enormous levels of suffering and absolutely no joy, and one of those things is definitely public speaking.
Other than being completely horrendous on literally every level, you can, at least, comfort yourself with the fact that you are not alone in hating it. Here are 10 carefully selected gifs that sum up the pure horror of taking to a podium and delivering a speech.
1. When you hear you're going to have to speak in public and your expression just goes:
2. When you have a moment of clarity in accepting your imminent doom:
3. When you do a rehearsal speech with friends and their comments are harsh:
4. When the big day arrives and you convince yourself you'll be more nervous if you bring notes:
5. When your name is called and you feel your life flash before your eyes:
6. When you walk up the podium and you remember that your script is in a bin somewhere:
7. When you start rambling about the wrong topic but hey, at least you're forming sentences:
8. When you have to use a whiteboard to write a citation down, and you momentarily forget to spell:
9. When you try and remember to express yourself with your hands, but you just flap about aimlessly:
10. And when it's all over and you realise it could've been a whole lot worse:
What a relief.
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