ERIC Number: ED327897
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Nature and Treatment of Speech Fright.
This paper reviews the literature on speech fright in the workplace and examines its symptoms, effects, and causes. The paper also identifies various methods of treatment that have proven effective when adapted to individual and situational factors responsible for anxiety. The paper lists seven specific treatments directed toward improving public speaking skills: (1) utilize effective physical action while speaking; (2) be more audience-centered and less self-centered; (3) prepare thoroughly for public speeches; (4) seek constructive speaking opportunities; (5) choose a good topic; (6) understand the principles of public speaking; and (7) avoid going over a speech immediately before speaking. The paper also enumerates the following strategies to reduce anxiety unrelated to skills deficiencies: realize that some speech fright is normal; seek "friendly faces" in the audience; do not expect perfection in speaking; use objectification to reduce speech fright; understand that speech fright is more evident to the speaker than it is to the audience; employ cognitive modification; and employ systematic desentization. Attached are 20 references as well as an appendix that rates books and "cures" devoted specifically to speech fright. (KEH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Communication Behavior
Note: Paper presented at the International Professional Communication Conference (Charlotte, NC, October 1986).