Our latest assignment in presentation skills was to write and present a three-minute speech about our greatest achievement.  Topics ranged anywhere from excelling in sports to performing in front of a large crowd.  The speeches were great, yet my peers and I all said the same thing about the assignment – writing speeches about yourself is EXTREMELY difficult. 

You would think that being in the business of PR, writing and talking is something that comes naturally to us.  For the most part, it does, but somehow, writing and talking about yourself is one of the hardest things to do.

I think it has a lot to do with the voice – how can you best articulate yourself without sounding arrogant or incompetent?  What about the audience – do you find it harder when you are presenting to peers or to strangers? 

What do you think it is that holds you back?  Why is talking about yourself so hard to do?