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Q. Speech Anxiety
anxiety: "Worry over the future or about something with an uncertain outcome; uneasy concern about a person, situation, etc.; a troubled state of mind arising from such worry or concern." OED
speech anxiety looks different for everyone; "some of the most common symptoms of speech anxiety are shaking, sweating, butterflies in the stomach, dry mouth, rapid heartbeat, and squeaky voice." -- Speech Anxiety, by the Department of Communication at the University of Pittsburgh
When it comes to public speaking, being nervous is normal. Most Americans fear public speaking. While speech anxiety is common, it does not have to control you or hinder your performance. In the resource linked below, you will find helpful tips for understanding, preparing for, and dealing with your public speaking anxiety.
- Understanding the Fear
- Preparing for Anxiety
- Overcoming Nervousness
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