This term is also known as stage
Communication Apprehension is
the fear of speaking in front of an
audience in a public situation.
What about public speaking?
Speaking in front of people is a very
common fear. Over 80% of the population
admits to feeling “extremely
uncomfortable” when speaking in front of a
Studies show that people actually fear
public speaking more than they do death.
Think, Pair, Share - Do you fear speaking
in front of a crowd?
What is fear?
When I say the word fear,
what comes to mind?
Let’s brainstorm some things
that people are afraid of.
Fear Versus Phobia
What is a fear? What is a phobia?
A phobia is an
Fear is a
biological process and irrational fear.
that allows us to
save energy to So then,
get a job done. understand that
Fear is normal! Comm.
Apprehension is a
Fear also protects phobia.
us from situations
that might be
How do we manage our fear of
speaking in front of people?
Understanding is the key! The more
you know, the better it will go!
In order to combat your fears, you
need to understand:
Understanding Your Audience,
Before you give a speech, always find out
whom you will be speaking to.
Demographic information is very helpful.
Find out information like:
The more you know about your audience,
the more comfortable you will feel when
speaking to them.
Understanding Your Material
In public speaking, Material refers to
what you will be talking about.
The more you know about what you are
going to say, the more comfortable you
are going to be when you say it.
Understanding yourself involves looking
inside of you and discovering your
strengths, weaknesses, fears, dreams,
Confidence, also known as self-esteem,
is built through self-discovery.