COM 1010 Lecture 4: Controlling Nervousness

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Lecture Four: Controlling Your Nervousness
Controlling Nervousness
o Building Speaker Confidence
Stage Fright
o Anxiety over prospect of speaking in front of audience
What’s Your Nervousness profile?
o The Avoider
When: at the mere suggestion of a public speaking situation
o The Anticipator
When: from the moment the speaking event is scheduled
o The Adrenalizer
When: just before the event
o The Improvizer
When: during the actual event
Reasons for Nervousness
o Fear of being stared at
o Fear of failure
o Fear of rejection
o Fear of the unknown
o Fear of criticism or being judged
o Fear if forgetting
o Fear of embarrassment or humiliation
o Fear of bad past experiences
Confront Fear
o Do the thing you fear
The Value of Fear
o Many speakers say fear makes them more alert and dynamic
o Positive Nervousness
Controlled nervousness that energizes speaker for presentation
Guidelines
o In the Planning Stage
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