The fear of speaking in public is one of the most common fears people have…maybe you have this fear, too. While you may or may not experience speaking to a large group, you very likely could be called into impromptu meetings in which you are expected to address management and co-workers. This can cause just as much anxiety if you do not feel confident enough.
- If you have a fear of public speaking, what do you do to prepare yourself when you have to speak in front of a group? If you don’t struggle with this fear, what helps you to be successful in avoiding this common problem?
2) Preparationis certainly a key to being more calm when presenting in any environment. What steps would you take to ensure that you would deliver an effective presentation? Why do you think these steps would be helpful?
3) Have you experienced preparing and delivering a presentation at work? If so, how did you do? Were you nervous or did you feel comfortable? Discuss what (if anything) you learned about public speaking from that experience. If you have not experienced delivering a presentation in the workplace, tell us about your experience giving a speech in school or for any other reason such as a group function, wedding, etc., and discuss what (if anything) you learned about public speaking from that experience.
Choose the speech () – watch and listen – and then address the following in paragraph format:
- Who was the speaker you selected?
- Did he grab your attention in the introduction?
- What was the message and was it clear to you?
- Describe in as much detail as possible, the speaker’s visible physical delivery (nonverbal communication) – body language (http://changingminds.org/techniques/body/body_language.htm), gestures (http://www.toastmasters.org/~/media/E202D7AA84E24A758D1BAAE8A77FD496.ashx), posture (https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/posture), facial expressions (https://www.verywell.com/understanding-emotions-through-facial-expressions-3024851), eye contact (http://changingminds.org/techniques/body/parts_body_language/eyes_body_language.htm), movement such as walking around or remaining still, etc.Be thorough in your observation and descriptions of the physical delivery…include as much description as possible since it provides evidence of how valuable good physical delivery is to the success or failure of a presentation.
- Describe in as much detail as possible, the speaker’s vocal delivery (nonverbal communication/paralanguage (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paralanguage)) – volume, pitch, rate, inflection, articulation, etc. Be thorough in your evaluation and descriptions of the vocal delivery…include as much description as possiblesince it provides evidence of how valuable good vocal delivery is to the success or failure of a presentation.
- Describe your overall impression of the speaker – were you affected by his/her presentation – were you influenced, entertained, and/or informed by this speaker?
- Which of this speaker’s delivery/presentation skills would you like to incorporate into your next public speaking opportunity and how do you think they’ll help you?