The slightest thought of public speaking can bring an overwhelming fear to most people. It can cause someone to shake and sweat and even have heart palpitations when it’s mentioned. There are a number of different reasons an individual may fear public speaking and in order to overcome that fear it is important to identify those reasons. For some the thought of public speaking can bring fear because they doubt their abilities or feel they may fail their audience. Others may not want to be judged by their audience or they simply feel vulnerable when speaking in front of an audience. One writer, Christopher Carlin states that no matter what your reason for public speaking is it is best to overcome your fears and become an active public speaker (Carlin, 2008).
Overcoming a fear of public speaking can be done with hard work, dedication and practice. The more an individual takes an opportunity to speak in front of an audience they more comfortable they will become. According to one article the good thing about overcoming your fear of public speaking is that the fear is learned and with lots of determination and practice this fear can be unlearned (Colombo, n.d.).
For me personally public speaking has never been one of my great fears. Luckily, at a young age I was taught to be comfortable with speaking in front of any type of audience, large or small. In middle school and high school I participate on a debate team as well as the school’s drama club. In both activities I was expected to speak in front of groups of people and the more I did this the more comfortable I become, not to mention that my speaking skills become very well developed. When speaking in public it is important to really know what you plan on discussing and to practice beforehand so that your speech will flow smoothly which in turn will cause you less anxiety. The other thing that cannot be stressed enough is the need to practice, practice, practice.
A Vital Skill for Teachers
“I have a dream” a speech by Martin Luther King that united a nation and broke down racial barriers. Without Kings leadership and inspirational speech it may have taken an extra 10 years to bring equality to all races. Hitler’s many speeches were delivered with extreme passion and caused arguably one of the most horrific genocides of all time. Throughout history publicspeaking has united people and caused great change, both for the better and worse. Publicspeaking is important, in history and in life. It is a vital skill in many disciplines. However nowhere more prominent than education. Publicspeaking in education is how educators inspire, teach and engage students. Good publicspeaking skills can enhance confidence, communication skills, help demonstrate knowledge and improve public image.
Publicspeaking usually consists of three main components including preparation, visual aids and non- verbal communication. How well these three main components are demonstrated or used can be the difference between a great influential educator who can inspire and teach students and a class that will not pay attention and a teacher who cannot engage.
Preparation is key in presenting a well thought out, impressive presentation. To an educator...
...Hi, this is Kathleen Hassan. Today, an email come from a girl named Sarah and she writes: “Hi Kathleen, for a start, I want to say that your video ………helpful and I admire the work that you’re doing”. Thank you Sarah, hú hú. “Here is my question: How can I overcome my fears on publicspeaking?” and I wrote that to Sarah and I have this long email but I’m going to just read to you what I wrote to her and I share with you the same things that I told her. I hope that will helps you overcome any fear that you might have at publicspeaking. Speaking to the world is not just fear that Sarah got information, I want everyone to know how … they can be their best in front of their audience but I start it up by telling Sarah the her question reminds me that a famous joke, they said at the last travel in New York, they say: “excuse me, how can I get card to SOMETHING hall?” and a person said: “ Practice, practice, practice”.
So that’s the number 1: You know how to get to publicspeaking, actually you have to practice. But the first thing you can do is to visualize yourself in front of the audience. Visualization is the tool when you picture or paint the future in advance. So imagine yourself standing before there audience, imagine the audience, just uploading and hinjừn on every word and then you totally inspire them. So that’s the first step....
...Before I started this class, if someone would have asked me if I wanted to give a speech in front of a large audience, I would have laughed in their face. But in reflection of my semester in speech class, I would now jump at the chance to talk in front of an audience. True, it is partially because I enjoy making a fool of myself, but it is in large part due to the fact that talking to people in a structured manner, such as a speech just doesn't scare the bejusus out of me like it did before I enrolled in this class. Why is that? Why does publicspeaking scare people? I feel that many people just don't understand the fundamentals. First off, things go much smoother if your audience finds you credible. Next, your delivery is just as important as your material. A nervous speaker with accurate facts is just as foolish as a smooth-talker spouting nonsense. Properly delivering your message to your audience is the only way to keep the audience's attention, because they are just as much involved in the speech as you are. Getting them to listen to you, and only you is vital; always leave them intrigued and impressed with a quality conclusion.
So what is credibility and why is it important? The Greek word, ethos, was the name used by Aristotle for what modern students of communication refer to as credibility. It is the audience's perception of whether a speaker is qualified to speak on a given topic. The two major factors influencing a speaker's...
HW#4 Chapter 4 # 1,3,4,5,6,7
1. What is an audience-centered speaker?
An audience-centered speaker is to dramatize the importance of connecting, let’s contrast the speaker with two speakers who fail to connect.
3. How can a speaker get advance information about an audience?
The speaker can get advance information by knowing who your listeners are. But if you’re not familiar with your listeners, collect information about them by means of interviews and surveys.
4. What are taboos, and why are they an important concern for a speaker?
Taboos is an act, word, or object that is forbidden on grounds of morality or taste and they are an important concern for a speaker because violating a prohibition can seriously undermine a speaker’s credibility. By learning the taboos of a culture, you can avoid committing a blunder.
5. Do international audiences usually prefer a presentation that is humorous and informal or one that is serious and formal? Explain your answer.
International audiences usually prefer a presentation that is serious and formal, because a presenter who is joking can undermine an important presentation.
6. What is ethnocentrism?
The belief that one’s own cultural group is superior to other group.
7. Who is the best source of information about the needs of listeners with disabilities, and why?
Persons of disability know what they need . . . and are the best and most...
Year 1 Case Study: Fear of PublicSpeaking
2. Introduction and Initial Consultation
4. Treatment Plan
5. Session Content
6. End of Treatment and Results
7. Limits and Flaws
H is a 27 year old female who generally describes herself as bubbly and very sociable. She was prescribed antidepressants when she was 18 and was experiencing some difficulties when moved away from home (she returned to her family home after a year). She was on mild antidepressants for most of her adult life, her mood problems worsening whenever she tried to move away from home. H decided do come off the medication two years ago, when she met her partner and found a new job.
2. Introduction and Initial consultation
H is now in a steady relationship and staying off the medication. In her new job she has taken on more responsibilities as she has learnt about the role, and is now in charge of sales unit, which means she often has to present new products in front of colleagues and clients. H has noticed that the more responsibilities she has taken on the less adequate she felt, as she was not formally trained or supported by her boss. The first presentation to new clients didn’t go very well and ever since H has experienced strong anxiety during occasions of publicspeaking.
Some of the physical symptoms H experiences few day prior to a...
I. ELEMENTS OF PUBLICSPEAKING
A. THE SPEAKER
The main element of publicspeaking
He is seen as a person full of ideas, knowledge, and principles in life that in one way or another can inspire them in the challenges of life.
CHARACTERISTICS OF AN EFFECTIVE SPEAKER
1. GOOD VOICE QUALITY
Good voice quality/variety is a good tool to captivate audience’s attention especially when doing a narration.
2. KNOWLEDGE OF THE SUBJECT MATTER
The more and broader you know about the subject matter, the easier for you to discuss it with your audience
3. PROPER PRONUNCIATION
Observance of correct pronunciation establishes one’s credibility and at the same time help you convey the message clearly.
The way a speaker stands
The total carriage of the speaker
B. AUDIENCE ANALYSIS
How to address the audience should be the primary concern of every speaker
FACTORS TO BE CONSIDERED IN ANALYZING THE AUDIENCE
1. EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
Knowing the educational background of the audience lets you determine the level of knowledge and understanding of the audience towards the topic
4. CULTURAL and ETHNIC BACKGROUND
C. THE SPEECH
Should be as excellent as the delivery
PHYSICAL ASPECT OF THE SPEECH
Going around the bush, speaking over time definitely kill the enthusiasm of the audience
2. CLEAR and...
...Material Charquita Moore
PublicSpeaking Diagnostic Questionnaire
ANSWER EACH OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IN COMPLETE PARAGRAPHS OF AT LEAST 150 WORDS.
1. ON A SCALE OF 1 TO 10, WITH 1 EQUALING LOVE IT, AND 10 EQUALING HATE IT, RATE YOUR FEELINGS ABOUT SPEAKING IN FRONT OF GROUPS. EXPLAIN YOUR REASONS FOR THIS RATING.
I would rate my feelings as a 9, but by the time I leave the class it maybe close to a 3. I rate this because I have never spoke in front of people until I came to the university of phoenix besides speaking at my high school graduation, but that is different because to everyone it really did not matter whether I messed up or not. I was only 18 at the time. I think may be I am afraid of messing up, but I have to realize that everyone has to learn somewhere and it will take time especially if you are not a talker.
1. What type of publicspeaking, if any, makes you uncomfortable?
Just speaking in public period makes me feel very uncomfortable. I hate the idea of other people just sitting there staring at me as I speak. Not knowing if they are saying anything negative about what I am saying. I get very nervous feeling like I may mess up at anytime. I don’t like reading from a paper, because I may stumble over it which is normal for anyone that is not a good speaker. I also have a problem...
...Publicspeaking - is the process of speaking to a group of people in a structured, deliberate manner intended to inform, influence, or entertain the listeners. It is closely allied to "presenting", although the latter has more of a commercial advertisement connotation.
The Importance of PublicspeakingPublicspeaking is presenting your thoughts and feelings in a meaningful way. Often the wrong perception that only people involved in sales, marketing or mass media need to learn publicspeaking is seen. However, the truth is that individuals from all walks of life have to speak in public at one time or the other. A kid reciting a poem in school or citizens expressing their opinions on any national issues or the president of a company addressing the staff are all different forms of publicspeaking.
Improves Communication Skills
Publicspeaking is interrelated with communication skills and can be described as a form of communication. Publicspeaking does not always mean that you have to give a speech to a large audience. When you go for an interview, and speak to a group of interviewers or when you are giving a class presentation; all these are also forms of publicspeaking. In such situations, if you have the ability to...