In a well-constructed initial response utilizing the knowledge you gained from the initial readings as well as your own experiences, discuss the following question:
This discussion board will allow you to discuss your fears of public speaking. It is perfectly normal to be nervous – and each person will feel varying levels of anxiety. A few may not be nervous at all, most students will be somewhat anxious, and a few others may feel strong anxiety. Before you get started, please take five minutes to complete the Personal Report of Communication Apprehension (PRCA). We will all take this again at the end of the semester to see how we have grown as public speakers.
- Complete the pre-test during the first week of the course session through the online survey at: https://goo.gl/forms/bXmLdblNRIWrYHW53. The results will be sent to your professor.
- After taking this test and reflecting on your answers, on a scale of 1 (no fear at all) to 10 (I might pass out) where would you place your fear of public speaking? Very fearful? Somewhat fearful? Little or no fear? Counting presentations in your classes, speaking in front of a small group at church or leading a meeting in a work setting, how much “public” speaking have you done? Give an example of one of these speaking opportunities and tell us what happened. How did you feel? Was the presentation success? Well received?
- Focus on the positive! How do you feel you will benefit from becoming a better public speaker? Will this help you in your career, your other classes, or within your private life? Explain what you think. Can you name a speaker that you feel is really effective? A minister, a professor, a politician? How would it feel to be as calm and engaging as that speaker?
- Think about what you fear the most about giving a speech or a presentation. Sit down now and think of two possible tips (positive thinking, preparation, practice, deep breaths, etc.) that you will lessen your anxiety as you prepare to speak. Even if you feel no fear, choose two tips you can use to make your presentation better. Tell us the two tips you’ve decided upon and how you believe these will improve your performance. After you post your response, reply to the postings of at least two of your classmates.
Please post your response on the Module 1 Discussion Board. In addition to your initial response, please reply to at least two of your peers as well.