My lowest score is a nine in meetings, which is very surprising to me. Before any meetings, whether it involved an important discussion about entering or leaving a position or inquiring about a raise, I always experienced anxiety beforehand. Even with meetings with close friends or family were tough.
There was always the possibility floating around in my head that I would say something inappropriate to make the situation worse. It could result in hurting someone’s feelings, ruining any future plans, or in some fantasy scenario, the world blows up. Pre-scheduled meetings with any of my bosses made me question every detail. What if he was going to reject my raise offer? Or fire me on the spot? What if it …show more content…
What result were not surprising to you and why?
A result that is not very surprising to me is the nineteen points in public speaking. This is mostly due to environment I’ve given speeches in since I could remember: a high school teacher who has a hundred more speeches to hear watching from the back accompanied by blank-eyed students that would rather be anywhere but this classroom. Knowing no matter how impressive your speech is, there are still thirty pairs of eyes on you for at least five minutes. Those five minutes seem like a life time, so you try to make it go faster to end it all- but now you just stumbled or forgotten the concluding paragraph. It looks like the teacher is slashing through her syllabus page too fast and it’s the most embarrassing thing all day that you’ve done all day. They’ll never forget it. The reality is that my perception above has always been wrong. I don’t remember getting below a B minus on any speeches and the kid in the front was probably wondering what his mother packed him for lunch. On the flip side, anxiety can be very irrational when you’re on the …show more content…
What steps will you take to help you overcome your anxieties? How will these actions help you understand your relationships and communication with family, friends, coworkers or supervisors?
Practice makes perfect. One way to cope with or overcome my communication anxieties is to practice until I feel comfortable. If it is a presentation I have to give in front of class, I can memorize specific clues and hints, but not just memorize the speech word by word. An improvised line here or there will sound better than reading it off like a robot.
Another way is to practice within the environment. If the presentation is held in class, I could set up a time with my professor to come in and give a practice presentation in the classroom, with or without the professor in the room. Practicing in front of larger crowds can also help ease any fears beforehand.
These actions will help others and myself learn that the fellow students, professors and the people you work for are not out to destroy you. They want to advance within the company, in class, and in life. Do not hesitate to ask any friend, professor, or coworker for