My name is Jennifer Falcon and I was assigned module 10 Chapter 10 Delivering A Speech. This is a chapter that gives students advice on public speaking on topics ranging from delivery to ways to overcome your fear of speaking to a crowd. I chose to focus on the Managing Public Speaking Anxiety portion of the module because I think it’s something we can all sympathize with, especially me. I have to speak publicly for work and school and I have to confess that it’s always my least favorite part of my career and school assignments. I find no matter how much care I put into my preparation for my speech I am always still a little bit nervous, so this part of the chapter really hit home for me. This chapter taught me I am not the only one who experiences Communication Apprehension. Communication Apprehension is fear or anxiety experienced by a person due to real or perceived communication with another person or persons. According to our text 70 percent of college students experience some form of Communication Apprehension so I guess I’m not alone.
There are two types of apprehension. Communication Apprehension can be broken down into Trait Communication Apprehension and State Communication Apprehension. Trait Communication Apprehension is related to someone’s personality and may be a part of who they are. It may simply be their personality to be commonly anxious when it comes to communication, not just with public speaking but also with people on a one on one situation. I think this is something I experience personally no matter how much skill training or systematic desensitization I accumulate. I always still feel a little nervous when I have to communicate with others. The second is the most common form of Communication Apprehension for people. State Communication Apprehension is when someone is experiencing anxiety because of a situation they are in, like having to deliver a speech for a class.
Now that I have discussed the he cause of Communication Apprehension I will make inferences that are helpful to deal with the fear of public speaking
There are helpful ways to try to relieve yourself of the anxiety that comes with public speaking. The three ways our book recommends are skills training, cognitive restructuring and systematic desensitization. The most common form I have experience with is skills training. I have worked on a number of political campaigns. When we were teaching interns to get comfortable speaking with people and persuading them to vote for someone we would train them on easy ways to make the conversation go smoothly. We would keep practicing personal stories to share with voters, hoping that this training would make it easier for our interns to start conversations with voters and gain their trust. Our goal was that this earned-trust would help open the door for persuading the voters to vote for our candidate. One could conclude that more training and practice public speaking can help ease people’s anxiety because it is systematic desensitization.
Another technique we used was physical relaxation exercises. We would often lift each other up by putting on Beyonce and dancing ourselves into a good mood. I think empowering one another this was great way to remind ourselves when we were worried about a interaction we were about to have that we would be okay. This is something that touches both skills training and systematic desensitization.
In conclusion, while most of experience the fear of speaking there are ways we can recognize our fears and work towards alleviating them and bettering our public speaking. Skills training not only allows to be more comfortable when speaking publicly but also allows us to better our public speaking skills. By looking at the reasons we are afraid to speak publicly and how we can relieve ourselves from the stress that comes along with it.