Speech anxiety Blackboard chapter
Speech anxiety Blackboard chapter COM 101H
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Speech Anxiety Blackboard Chapter Giving a speech is like learning to ride a bike for the rst time you are nervous but you keep practicing and eventually are able to do it Speech anxiety is the fear of having to give a presentation in front of an audience Aso called stage fright communication apprehension and public reticence Many famous performers have speech anxiety but chose to conquer it 75 of college students have speech anxiety and it is the number one fear in America The key is to know your fear can be confronted and not allow your fear to prevent you from delivering your message Symptoms of speech anxiety can be internal effects that can only be felt by the speaker andor external effects which are visible to the audience There are also physiological effects such as rapid heartrate and sweaty palms and cognitive effects such as negative thoughts or putting oneself down These result in physiological reactions and behavioral reactions which can be seen by the audience Try to remember that most everyone has speech anxiety and understands your fear and reactions and are likely very sympathetic Sometimes extreme speech anxiety can cause communication disruptions which is avoiding forms of communication for long periods of time due to anxiety Can be severe Barbara Streisand avoiding performances for 27 years because she forgot her lyrics onstage or mild putting off a public speaking class until senior year RapidOvercommunication is a form of communication disruption in which a person speaks too fast or uses filler words such as quotuhquot or quotumquot frequently Try practicing saying your speech more slowly than you normally would because chances are you will speak faster when in front of the audience Communication apprehension is the fear one feels when facing real or even imagined communication situations Could be nervousness or excitement People with low communication apprehension are excited to communicate while those with high communication apprehension feel nervous Some people are only afraid when actually communicating others feel afraid at even the thought of it o The Personal Report of Communication Apprehension PRCA24 measures a person s fear of communicating in four areas interpersonal oneonone informal group like working on a class project formal meeting such as a job meeting and public speaking such as giving a speech 0 Trait apprehension is when a person feels nervous in any communication setting and it is a part of their personality 0 State apprehension is when a person feels nervous in some communication settings but not others State apprehension can include audience apprehension fear in front of an audience or context apprehension fear in certain situations or contexts Reasons for apprehension Conspicuousness Fear that all eyes are on you and you may make a mistake or embarrass yourself Novelty You may have never communicated in that particular setting before Preparation You might be afraid that you are not ready to give your message Evauation You may be afraid of getting a bad grade or being judged by others Past experience If you tried in the past to communicate and it went poorly you might be afraid to do it again 0 How to overcome speaking anxiety Gain speaking experience through classes or practice Understand that some nervousness can be good and help you prepare and deliver your message Focus on the message rather than the audience or how nervous you are Be well prepared and practice before you speak Have a positive attitude and believe that things will go well Visuaize success and giving a strong message Practice some relaxation techniques such as deep breaths Understand that nobody is perfect and almost everyone is afraid to communicate in some way so they will likely understand Evauate yourself kindly and don t be too hard on yourself
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