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Coping with speech anxiety

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Coping with speech anxiety

  1. 1. PUBLIC SPEAKING: THE BASICS
  2. 2.  Public speaking is anytime you have to speak in public!  Speaking in public scares more people.  Public Speaking is an art of facing a group of people and communicating to them in a formal situation your thoughts and feelings by means of effective speech.
  3. 3.  Personal Benefits  Professional Benefits  Societal Benefits
  4. 4. What happens when you have to speak in public?
  5. 5. Did your heart beat faster than usual? Did you experience a mental blackout? Did you feel your blood rushing to your head and to your cheeks?
  6. 6.  Was there a sensation of butterflies flitting in your stomach? Were you perspiring more than usual? Were you at a loss for breath?
  7. 7. Did you lose your voice? Was your body tense? Were your hands cold? Were your hands trembling?
  8. 8.  It is an unusual fearful feeling that everyone goes through when faced with an important task.
  9. 9. 1- NONE 2- VERY SLIGHTLY 3- SLIGHTLY 4- INTENSE 5- VERY INTENSE ___1. weak voice ___2. shortness of breath ___3. awkward pauses ___4. preference to look up/down ___5. rapid heartbeats ___6. playing with pen/hanky
  10. 10. 1- NONE 2- VERY SLIGHTLY 3- SLIGHTLY 4- INTENSE 5- VERY INTENSE ___7. no eye contact with the audience ___8. moving too much ___9. trembling hands ___10. feeling cold ___11. inability to think clearly ___12. dry mouth and throat
  11. 11. 1- NONE 2- VERY SLIGHTLY 3- SLIGHTLY 4- INTENSE 5- VERY INTENSE ___13. no facial expression ___14. wanting to end speech ___15. to fast rate of speech ___16. feeling dizzy ___17. feeling awkward and clumsy ___18. perspiring too much
  12. 12. 1- NONE 2- VERY SLIGHTLY 3- SLIGHTLY 4- INTENSE 5- VERY INTENSE ___19. feeling nervous ___20. shaking voice
  13. 13. 100 – 80: Do not worry; all is not lost. Speaking skills are required. With your teacher’s help and conscientious efforts on your part you will yet become a good speaker. 79- 59: Good! However, you have to spend more time preparing yourself for public speaking.
  14. 14. 58 – 38:Very Good! With a little more training, you will become a better speaker 37-20: Congratulations! You are potentially an effective speaker.
  15. 15.  Population ▪ No.1 fear=Public Speaking ▪ Fear No.2=Death
  16. 16. 1. This is a normal reactions of the body to situations that are not usual in your life. 2. The very fact that the spotlight is you is enough to trigger every fear, anxiety and phobia you've ever had about public speaking.
  17. 17. Here's why: You may be judged by all those people, and judged badly You may feel like a fool You might make mistakes and lose your way
  18. 18.  You'll be completely humiliated You'll never be as good as _______(fill in the blank)  'They' won't like you 'They' won't 'get' what you're trying to say
  19. 19.  Shyness  Inexperience  Unpreparedness  Decisiveness of the Speech  Fear of the Unknown
  20. 20.  Focus on positives not negatives  Be confident  Get your attention off yourself Consider your audience as your friend
  21. 21.  Know the room  Know the audience  Know your material  Relaxation  Visualize giving your speech  Gain experience
  22. 22.  People want you to succeed  Don’t apologize  Concentrate on your message-not the medium.  Turn nervousness into positive energy
  23. 23. Practice takes you from this..
  24. 24.  Be in the room at least one hour before your speech;  Get into conversation with people near you;  Look at your notes;  Take a quick walk;  Concentrate on the ideas;
  25. 25.  Concentrate on your audience;  Breathe deeply, evenly, and slowly for several minutes;  Go to a mirror and check out how you look.
  26. 26.  If your legs are shaking, lean on a lectern/table, shift your legs or move about.  Don’t hold notes;  Use eye contact;  Look at the friendliest faces in the audience;  Do not comment on your nervousness.

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