Web resource for speech anxiety

A recent study has supported the good news we’ve been telling our students about speech anxiety. A study published in the April 2013 journal Clinical Psychological Science found that speakers who were coached to believe that signs of stress are natural and helpful before delivering a speech were then able to complete a stressful task after giving their speech with fewer stress signals than those who were not coached.

This would be a great example to present to students or to offer as additional reading to nervous or skeptical students.

Link to article and video about study
Link to original journal article (requires subscription to see full text)

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I believe public speaking can go from most dreaded class to favorite class. I'm a former public speaking college instructor who spent years seeking out activities, assignments and examples to make the class interactive as well as educational -- they are collected here. I welcome suggestions for additions.

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