Developing confidence through public speaking

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  • 1. Developing Confidence Through Public Speaking MARTHA SCHWER MADISON AREA TECHNICAL COLLEGE ORAL & INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION Accessibility Note: For a transcript, please look at the bottom of each slide.
  • 2. Definition of Public Speaking Apprehension Public Speaking Apprehension is a type of communication anxiety; it is the level of fear a person experiences when anticipating or actually speaking in front of an audience
  • 3. Causes of Public Speaking Apprehension Biologically-based temperament, like introversion. Previous negative experiences Lack of experience Negative self-talk in general (habit) Photo by ThisYearsLove. Happy Dog, Embarrassed Dog.
  • 4. Public speaking apprehension Coping with Public Speaking Apprehension Get over it by getting on with it! Force yourself to give speeches. It DOES get easier ! The best way to keep public speaking apprehension at bay: PREPARE! You dont want to be rid of ALL nervousness. Photo by Chris Hunleker. Woman prepping for ocean swim.
  • 5. Phases of Speaking Apprehension Anticipation reaction: Anxiety you feel before you begin to speak Confrontation Reaction The nervousness you feel as you begin to speak. Adaptation Reaction The nervousness you feel as you begin to speak.
  • 6. Communication orientation 5 Methods to Reduce Public Speaking Apprehension motivation (COM) technique Visualization technique Systematic desensitization technique Cognitive restructuring technique Public speaking skills training technique
  • 7. Basic Public Speaking Tips to Prevent or Reduce Anxiety Specific techniques to reduce public speaking apprehension: Allow sufficient time to prepare Practice (and time) your speech aloud Choose an appropriate time & environment for speaking Use positive self-talk Focus on your message


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