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Fear of Public Speaing

Covers goals of class and first speech

Megan Tomei-Jameson

on 29 August 2018

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Fear of Public Speaking

First Rule of Communication Anxiety
A Little Bit of
Communication Anxiety
is a Good Thing
Overcoming Your Fear
Recognize why you are afraid
Practice, practice, practice.
The old saying is correct: practice makes perfect. The more you practice the less you will need your outline, the less likely you are to mess up, and the more confident you will be about your performance. For every speech make sure you practice the entire thing at least 4-5 times.

How to Manage Your Fear:
Engage Your Audience.
Look out into the audience no matter how large and get them involved in your talk. Bring them along with you. Don't just talk to them and please, do not read your notes or your PowerPoint presentation. When your eyes point down to read, you do not engage! Ask open questions that make the audience think. Challenge them to become part of your presentation.

How to Manage Your Fear:
Trembling or shaking

Forgetting what you want to say

Being unable to continue

Worrying about your grade
Specific Fears that Bother Speakers
Labeling symptoms as “fear”

Expecting perfection

Seeing listeners as “predators”
Internal Fear Factors
Annika Sorenstam
“While she was content to savor the acclaim in Dubai, a comfort in the public eye is a condition that has taken all of her 15 years as a tour professional to acquire.
Indeed, as a junior she had such a pathological fear of public speaking that she would three-putt final greens to avoid making victory speeches.
While she has never made the most illuminating interview her words following her Dubai farewell seemed perfectly pitched: "I felt at peace walking up the 18th hole and really felt very content. Life goes on."
Managing Your Fear of Speaking
Overcoming Your Fear
Common Fears
Small Spaces
Public Speaking
Horseshoe of Fear
Public Speaking as your 1st fear
Public Speaking as your 3rd fear
Public Speaking as your 5th fear
Public Speaking as your 7th fear
Discuss the reasons why you feel this fear
Group Assignment
One person in the group needs to input the three most common reasons of the group into Socrative
Each group will pick ONE speaker to come up in front of the class
Facing Your Fear
2-4 Steps at a Time
2-4 things that really bother you
2-4 things you like or dislike about your college or university
2-4 things you would like to change about the place you work
2-4 things you would do if you were President of the United States
Coach & Cheerleader
Coach: At the end of the speech, state one thing you could like to improve upon
Cheerleader: The last speaker needs to mention at least one effective aspect of the speech
Learning to Control Your Anxiety
Skills Training
Cognitive Restructuring

See positive outcomes or visualize tension releasing from your body
Diaphragmatic Breathing
Each speaker (who is presenting) will pick a topic
The ENTIRE group will come up with the material for this very short speech
Yerkes-Dodson Law
Other Tips
No sugar or caffeine
Researchers from Brown University invited 52 people, who are typically more reactive to stress into their lab. The scientists then asked the participants to give an impromptu speech and measured their levels of stress before and after the speech. They randomly allocated the participants into two groups, one that received mindfulness training over a period of 8 weeks and another that didn’t. They invited them back into the lab after the 8 week period and put them through the same ordeal all over again. They found the mindfulness group had significantly less anxiety. More specifically, they found that the control group was now significantly more anxious in anticipation of the speech, as they knew it was coming this time, whereas the mindfulness group did not have an increase in this anticipatory anxiety. In addition they found that the control group took 40 minutes on average to recover from the stress, whereas the mindfulness practitioners recovered immediately.
Group Discussion
What did you identify with the most in the three chapters or find to be the most helpful?
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