Anxiety is a generalized or unspecified sense of disequilibrium. People experience some degree of anxiety whenever they communicate with others.
Public speaking and talking in front of others is the greatest fear of most people. If you've ever experienced feeling emotionally frozen, nervous or avoid being placed in front of people because you don't know what you would say, you have experienced communication anxiety.
New surroundings can cause communication anxiety. A new surrounding can come in various forms such as meeting new people--even in your own home, going to a new location or starting a new task such as attention a church for the first time. The lack of familiarity of the situation may cause a person to feel apprehensive and anxious about communicating.
Conflict can create communication anxiety, especially when it is unexpected. For example, if you arrive home from university and your parents are waiting to confront you on a particular issue, you may experience fear, anger and anxiety. This can limit your ability to communicate clearly and effectively.
Low self-esteem is a common cause of communication anxiety. if you have a low self-esteem, it can affect almost every area of your life. Your self-esteem is how you perceive yourself and how you think others perceive you.
Practice your speech: Practice alone, in the mirror, in the corner, with a friendly audience and record your practices.
Relax yourself just before you speak: Take three deep breaths and close your eyes and count to ten.
Positive thoughts: Thinking positive thoughts also is helpful, such as remembering past successes and visualizing future successes.
Make sure you go over everything before the time comes.
Grab yourself a drink and be well prepared. Remember no one expects you to know everything. if you don't know the answer to something, say you don't...