I had to give a speech tonight for work. It was only a 3-5 minute thing. I have not done much public speaking so tonight was really one of my first opportunities to give a speech. In the past I have avoided public speaking for many reasons. One of the main reasons, of course was, self-confidence. My mother had also done a number on my self-esteem because of my weight. She once inferred that I did not get a job because I would have contact with the public. This was among the many negative messages my mother gave me as I was growing up. Most of all she said I would never be successful because I was fat. She can eat her words today because I gave an amazing speech that was powerful and passionate which, compelled some people to connect with our organization.