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Controlling Speech Anxiety

If you get nervous while preparing a public speech, you are not alone. Studies indicate about 80 percent of us feel that way. This presentation will offer techniques to minimize the side effects and even utilize your anxiety to the benefit of your speech.

Shawn Apostel

on 26 August 2014

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Transcript of Controlling Speech Anxiety

Controlling Speech Anxiety
Why do you feel this way?
To Reduce Speech Anxiety
Use anxiety to help you prepare
The Power of Negative Thinking
Know yourself, the situation, and your audience
Fight or Flight

Dry Mouth
Stiff Back/Shoulders
Sweaty or Shaky Hands
Upset Stomach
Knocking Knees
Your Situation
Your Audience
Connect with someone in the crowd
Smile. They can't tell you are nervous
Remember: they want you to do well
Get a feel for the room
Stand up a minute before you present
Have backups ready if (when) technologies fail
Cut back on the caffeine and sugar
Eat something healthy
Wear comfortable clothes
Breathe deeply and relax
Shawn Apostel, Ph.D.

Bellarmine University
Talking too Loudly
Talking too Fast
Out of Breath
Trouble Focusing
Exaggerated Movements
How does this speaker make you feel?
How can you tell he is nervous?
How does the audience feel?
From ''The Ghost and Mr. Chicken"
Fear of being exposed - Freud
Fear that others know our weakness - Jung
Imagine the worst-case scenario
What if the train is running late, and you won’t make it to your job interview on time?
What if you don’t know anyone at a party you’ll be attending?
What if you don’t know any of the questions on your final exam?
Use your energy to prepare for the speech
- Feel confident
- Eat good food and be rested
- Be ready for problems that may come up
Get accustomed to the situation
- Go to the room or venue before the speech
- Get on stage or stand up before your speech
- Connect with a friendly audience member
Feeling nervous as you are giving a speech?
- Find a friendly face in the audience
- Smile and breathe
- Focus on your message not your anxiety
Any Questions?
How does this speaker make you feel?
How can you tell he is nervous?
How does the audience feel?
Indulging in negative thoughts like these actually helps people go on to do their best by preparing for the worst.

Many people perform more poorly when forced to think positive, since negative thinking is often an effective strategy for managing anxiety.

_Defensive Pessimism_ Dr. Julie Norem
From http://www.defensivepessimism.com/
What works for you?
Assistant Professor of Communication
Information Technology Specialist
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