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Chapter 2


									Chapter 2
Communication Apprehension

 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
                                 extreme, persistent
      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:
    Your Audience

    Your Material

    Yourself
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:
     Age
     Gender

     Commonalities

   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
 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.

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