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Facing Your Fears: Speaking Up When You Really Feel Like Throwing Up! A Practical Guide to Becoming a More Confident and, Yes, Even Enthusiastic Public Speaker

Author(s): Lou Davidson Tillson

Edition: 1

Copyright: 2015

Pages: 126

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For teachers and employers:

Have you ever wished for a magic wand that, with the casual wave of your hand, could dispense confidence and assertiveness to your students or employees who are terrified of delivering a presentation? If you are troubled by the visible anxiety you see in your students or employees at the mention of the word "speech" and you are searching for a way to help them help themselves, "Facing Your Fears" may be the answer! Written in an engaging and conversational style, this practical guide takes anxious public speakers on a personal journey toward confident and enthusiastic public speaking skill development. Readers will learn how to change their mindset and develop public speaking self-efficacy, overcome mental and physical barriers to their success, adopt strategic instead of self-sabotaging behaviors, write effective outlines, and deliver presentations with confidence. Ten brief chapters are full of clear examples and research-supported anxiety management techniques. As readers learn how to avoid self-destructive thinking patterns, minimize anxious feelings, and take proactive and positive action steps, their public speaking confidence will grow and the word "speech" will no longer send them into a downward spiral of overwhelming fear and dread. Functioning as a stand alone supplement for a public speaking class, a required text for a public speaking anxiety management course, or professional development resource material for apprehensive employees, "Facing Your Fears" is designed to reduce speech anxiety, increase confidence, and enhance the reader’s communication skill set.

For students/employees:

Do you avoid certain college classes or employment opportunities because you know they require public speaking? Do you become visibly anxious at the mention of the word "speech?" Have you ever wished for a magic wand that, with a casual wave over your head, would dispense public speaking confidence? If you are sick and tired of experiencing a bad case of public speaking nerves and are ready to do something about it, "Facing Your Fears" may be the answer! Written in an engaging and conversational style, this practical guide will take you on a personal journey toward confident and enthusiastic public speaking skill development. You will learn how to change your mindset and develop public speaking self-efficacy, overcome mental and physical barriers to your success, adopt strategic instead of self-sabotaging behaviors, write effective outlines, and deliver presentations with confidence. Ten brief chapters, filled with clear examples and research-supported anxiety management techniques, help you learn how to avoid self-destructive thinking patterns, minimize your anxious feelings, and take proactive and positive action steps. Your public speaking confidence will grow and the word "speech" will no longer send you into a downward spiral of overwhelming fear and dread. Stop avoiding classes or lucrative career opportunities. Today is the day you chart a new course toward success and begin “Facing Your Fears!”

About the Author

Preface

PART I
Chapter 1 Beginning the Journey

Chapter 2 Understanding the Lay of the Land: Communication Apprehension
Trait-like Communication Apprehension
Context-Based Communication Apprehension
Audience-Based Communication Apprehension
Situational Communication Apprehension

Chapter 3 Studying the Map: Public Speaking Anxiety
Public Speaking Anxiety Model
Behaviors
Thoughts
Feelings

Chapter 4 Selecting Your Gear: Confidence and Competence
Self-Efficacy
Mindsets
Fixed Mindset
Growth Mindset
Developing a Growth Mindset and Self-Efficacy

PART II
Chapter 5 Tackling the Mental Hurdles: Negative Thoughts
Cognitive Processing and Cognitive Restructuring
A New I.D.E.A.
Reframing
Communication Orientation vs. Performance Orientation

Chapter 6 Tackling the Physical Hurdles: Stress and Tension
Excessive Activation
Deep Breathing
Power Posing
Progressive Muscular Relaxation and Systematic Desensitization
Progressive Muscular Relaxation and Guided Imagery

Chapter 7 Changing Directions: Strategic Behaviors
Acting As If
Preparation Timeline and Approaches

PART III
Chapter 8 Documenting the Journey: Effective Speech Writing
Selecting Your Topic
Adapting to Your Audience
Generating Ideas
Organizing Your Main Points
Supporting Your Main Points
Introductions
Conclusions

Chapter 9 Sharing the Adventure: Confident and Enthusiastic Delivery
Word Choice
Vocal Delivery
Physical Delivery

Chapter 10 Scaling the Summit
Postscript

Appendix A Personal Report of Public Speaking Anxiety (PRPSA)
Test #1 111
Test #2 113

Appendix B Miscellaneous Public Speaking Tips

References

Lou Davidson Tillson

Lou Davidson Tillson, Ph.D. is a Full Professor of Organizational Communication at Murray State University in Murray, KY. A West Virginia native, she graduated from Glenville State College, and taught speech, debate, and English at Parkersburg High School, where she coached forensic state champions and national competitors. She earned a Master's degree in Communication Studies from West Virginia University before teaching speech, theater, and English, and directing the theater program at Lackey High School in southern Maryland. She continued her graduate studies at The Ohio University, earning her doctorate in organizational Communication. In 1992, she began teaching at Murray State University, where she's served as Basic Course Director, Assistant Dean, and Residential College Head.

A devoted teacher, she has been recognized for instructional excellence with numerous awards from Murray State, the Kentucky Communication Association, and the National Communication Association.

She has coached hundreds of public speaking students and conservatively estimates listening to and evaluating 5,000+ speeches since she began her teaching career in 1984.

When she's not in the classroom, she loves traveling with family and friends, getting lost in a great book, finding her way on a kayaking adventure, snapping pictures of nature, watching the river drift by from the porch of the family cabin, witnessing the sun melt into the ocean after an exciting day salt-water fishing, hunting for fossils and arrowheads with her geologist husband, taste-testing ethnic dishes, sipping full-bodied wine, and chewing the fat with former students.

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