November 21, 2003





What’s the largest audience you’ve ever addressed?

A couple hundred folks in a conference setting.

Felicia, 37
Lowell, MA USA

I can't remember ever having to address more than a handful of people.

Aly, 17
Cardiff UK

A few hundred.

Jane, 63
West Linn, OR USA

I don't know. I had fairly big audiences at plays/recitals, and I did some readings in church back
in the day, but other than that I think I just talked to classes.

Karen, 24
Ames, IA USA

I think I've spoken to groups as large as 300 people -- maybe more. One of the speeches was televised on the local TV station.

Laura, 38
Lowell, MA USA

Three thousand people.

Jill, 61
Saylorsburg, PA USA

I think my church holds about 500 people, so I've addressed that many when I've worked as a lector (two scripture readings, prayers of the faithful, and general announcements). However, that's all what we called "canned speeches" in debate. You just read what's in front of you. I've spoken to about 100 people in the final rounds of debate tournaments, where you know the material but you're organizing it on the fly. I also spoke to about 100 people at a city council meeting, where I was totally winging it because I hadn't planned on speaking but felt there
had to be an answer given to someone whose ideas I disagreed with.

Cathie, 53
Novi, MI USA

the largest audience i have ever addressed would have to be my church audience of over two hundred people.

the first time was when i was a toddler and gave my easter speech. i did that every year until i was about 13.

the largest audience i ever addressed as a teenager/early adult would have to be when i was a speaker for the freshman class at the high school i tutored at out in oakland. that was sort of weird but i had a lot of practice in my speech class the semester before. i was nervous at first as usual but i got over it very quickly and finished very well.

that was the beginning of the school year. after that i was a regular speaker with an audience of about 40 kids on a regular basis. my job was more teaching than tutoring because i was assigned to a teacher who didnt care about or want to do his job or the kids.

it was fun for me but sad for the kids that had him before and after i worked there. it just gave me more hands on experience for what i will doing in the near future.

ingrid, 22
Stockton, CA USA

I've spoken in front of about 1000 in an auditorium, but I've also worked on radio so I've addressed much larger amounts, but there is less pressure that way.

Ryan, 29
Riedlingen GERMANY

About 300 or 400 people at the Relay for Life. I spoke as a cancer survivor.

Cindy, 41

About 300 when I was 13 or 14 as part of a church meeting. About 200-250 when I was 26 and doing stand-up.

Alias Irrelevante

Hmmm, pretty large. I've been in a lot of plays and given speaches. Um...1000-1500?

Keri-Jade, 23
Brampton, Ontario CANADA

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