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O’ Hair, Dan, Stewart, Rob, Rubenstein, Hannah, A Speaker’s Guidebook, Bedford St. Martin (2009)

O’ Hair, Dan, Stewart, Rob, Rubenstein, Hannah, A Speaker’s Guidebook, Bedford St. Martin (2009)



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  • Chapter Three Managing Speech Anxiety Professor Michelle Garcia Professor Valerie Gammon
  • Why are you anxious about speaking?
    • Lack of experience
    • Past bad experience
    • Worry over appearance, faults, or being different from others
    • Being the center of attention
    • Not being prepared enough
  • Worried about your lack of experience?
    • Prepare diligently.
    • Practice many times.
    • Practice in front of friends and family.
    • Ask a tutor or instructor to proofread your outline before your speech day.
    • Practice your speaking skills by giving mini-speeches outside of class.
  • Worried about being different?
    • Remember everyone is different.
    • Dress appropriately and be well groomed.
    • Think positively! You will make a good impression!
  • Feel uncomfortable being in front of the audience?
    • The audience is looking at you, because they like you and want to listen to your speech.
    • Put your focus on the speech, and don’t think about yourself.
    • Audiences don’t see anything you don’t reveal or bring to their attention.
  • Public Speaking Anxiety
    • Contains four stages:
        • Pre-preparation anxiety
        • Preparation anxiety
        • Pre-performance anxiety
        • Performance anxiety
  • Pre-preparation Anxiety
    • May cause some students to procrastinate on beginning the speech writing process
    • May act as interference during the listening process by blocking the reception of vital information about the speaking assignment
  • Create a plan of action
    • Pre-preparation anxiety can be calmed by reviewing speech assignment instructions and creating a plan of action
    Create a plan of action now: Step 1: Record your speech due date in your calendar. Step 2: Count the days and divide up the speechmaking steps to fit the days available. Step 3: Set aside a specific time period each day to work on your speech. Step 4: Focus on completing each small task as it comes.
  • Preparation Anxiety
    • May cause overwhelming feelings about the amount of time and effort required to write and plan a speech
    • May be caused by difficulty in locating materials or information needed for speech
    • Can be averted by working on your speech a short session each day rather than several hours on the same day
  • Pre-performance & Performance Anxiety
    • Plan time to practice!
    • Practice many times!
    • When anxiety occurs while practicing, force yourself to practice again!
    • No matter how much you practice, you will probably experience some anxiety just before or just as you begin your speech.
    • If you’ll just keep going, the anxiety will subside.
  • Bibliography
    • O’ Hair, Dan, Stewart, Rob, Rubenstein, Hannah, A Speaker’s Guidebook , Bedford St. Martin (2009)