You know how they say that law students love hearing the sound of their own voice? Well as shocking as it may be to some people, I did not. At least not the actual sound of my voice.
Growing up, I used to compete in 4-H public speech contests. My parents and "coach" used to videotape us practicing to do a critique. I could take the critique, but I hated listening to myself. Is that really how I sound, I thought to myself. My voice on tape was so different from how I heard it in my head.
Funny how I did not like how I sounded but I used to do these public speaking competitions, be a lector at church, did the morning announcements over my high school PA system, and decided to become a lawyer.
This past week, I spoke on a panel that was podcasted. I had to make sure that the link worked before I sent the podcast out, but I did not really want to listen to myself. I did, however, and I was shocked. I did not hate the sound of my voice. Nor did I ramble on as much as I thought I did in my head. I know I need to cut down on my "ums" and sound less like a Valley Girl sometimes with my inflexion, but I am (I hope) my own worst critic.