Public speaking fears

It’s hard to believe, but Rolene once had a big fear of public speaking. She did not speak English very well and had to muster up the courage to speak to large crowds during her reign.

Rolene, whose mother tongue is Afrikaans, feared speaking English in public after a bad experience when she first entered Miss SA as a 19-year-old.

“For me to have won Miss South Africa in 2014 I had to give up my fear of public speaking… I’ve realised that is it fine if I have an Afrikaans accent, it’s fine for me to not always have the words to say and people won’t judge me for it,” she says.

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We women need other women to believe in us… Thinking of my amazing time speaking at the @forbeswomanafrica #leadingwomensummit #lws2018 last week. 🌸🌸🌸 ________________________ #together #empowerment #support #rolenestrauss

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Everyone wanted a piece of Rolene when she became Miss South Africa and the beauty queen had to give up quite a lot of her privacy.

“The one thing that I struggled with was knowing that I had a lot of eyes on me. And in a way I felt like I had to change who I am because of all these eyes,” she said.


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