Fear of Public Speaking

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Attention Grabber:
"The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one."-Elbert Hubbard

How to make your fears of public speaking work for you and not against you, and to show that almost everyone gets nervous.

I. Introduction:
Everyone is afraid of something. Whether it is spiders, heights, enclosed spaces, or public speaking. When it comes to giving speeches, people tend to let their fears get the best of them. I know for me personally public speaking is one of my greatest fears. And statistically speaking Speech Anxiety and Communication Apprehension is a common problem for a lot of people.

Preview of Three Major Points:
1. What is Speech Apprehension?
2. Determining Your Fears.
3. Getting Over Them.

II. Body of Speech:
1. What is Speech and Communication Apprehension?

a. Definition of Speech Apprehension -
Fear of speaking to an audience. Indeed, many people place public speaking ahead of death itself in their ranking of fears. It is no wonder, then, that a significant number of people tend to avoid situations where they are expected to speak, communicate, or perform in front of others.

b. Definition of Communication Apprehension -
"Individual level of fear or anxiety associated with either real or anticipated communication with another person or persons" (McCroskey, 1977) This anxiety is a significant problem at elementary level. Research reveals that 11 percent of the elementary students experience CA, and an additional 20 percent may experience enough anxiety to warrant some sort of intervention (Harris, 1980; Garrison and Garrison, 1979; Wheeless, 1971).

c. Why People are Scared –
Fear of Inadequacy, inferiority, incapable. (Being Judged) How...
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