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COMM 107- Midterm Exam Guide - Comprehensive Notes for the exam ( 27 pages long!)


Department
Communication
Course Code
COMM 107
Professor
brookefowler
Study Guide
Midterm

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UMD
COMM 107
MIDTERM EXAM
STUDY GUIDE

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Chapter 2
3 principle anxiety provoking situations
1. Novelty of the situation: Uncertainty
a. As you gain experience -> it will be easier
2. Conspicuousness in the spotlight
a. Being the center of attention
b. Being examined
3. Types of speeches
a. Lecturing vs telling a story
b. Warning vs no warning
c. Preventing the spiral of fear
Strategies for managing speech anxiety
1. Prepare and practice
a. Being confident
b. Do’t procrastiate
c. Poor prep = bad outcome
d. Good food before and no caffeine
e. Prep and practice is a MUST
2. Gain realistic perspective
a. Phases of speech anxiety
i. Anticipation phase- symptoms elevate just before speech
ii. Confrontation phase- when you face the audience and begin to speak
iii. Adaptation phase- at 60 seconds into the speech, symptoms diminish and you reach a
more comfortable level of speaking
iv. Release stage- the 60 seconds after you finish speaking
b. Learning to monitor you adaptation will make you less anxious
c. Rational vs irrational anxiety
i. The severity of the feared occurrence x the probability of the feared occurrence
3. Adopt a noncompetitive communication orientation
a. Speaking is not an attempt to satisfy an audience of critics
b. Do’t ake speakig a copetitio
c. Focus less on yourself and more on communicating clearly
d. Practice your speech conversationally
4. Use coping methods
a. Negative self talk leads to catastrophic thinking
b. Give your self positive self talk
5. Use positive imaging
a. Create images in you head that picture you giving an amazing speech
6. Use relaxation techniques
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