Ch 1- Preparing to Speak with Confidence. EN 2100- Speech 6/6/2012. “One who forms a judgment on any point but cannot explain, might as well never have thought at all on the subject.” -Pericles. Why are you taking this class?. It is required. It should be easy and fun.
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Ch 1- Preparing to Speak with Confidence EN 2100- Speech 6/6/2012
“One who forms a judgment on any point but cannot explain, might as well never have thought at all on the subject.” -Pericles
Why are you taking this class? • It is required. • It should be easy and fun. • It will provide the foundation for academic success. • Public speaking skills = $$ • People have changed the world with their words…You can too!
What is Public Speaking? • Defined as: “1 : The act or process of making speeches in public 2 : The art of effective oral communication with an audience” (Merriam-Webster Online, 2008) • Similar to and distinct from conversational speaking.
What is Your Biggest Fear? • #5- Heights • #4- Darkness • #3- Spiders • #2- Death • #1- Public Speaking (SUPRISE!)
Nervousness is OK! • EVERYBODY gets nervous while speaking. • 76% of experienced speakers have nervousness before speaking. (24% are liars) • Nervousness is good! • You will live.
Dealing with Nervousness • Experience! • Prepare and practice. • Think positively! • Visualize success. • You are more nervous than you seem. • You won’t be perfect- that is OK!
Close your eyes and BREATHE! Eye contact with specific people. Nail the intro. Focus on the content, not the audience. Humor = great equalizer. You are better than everyone. Visual aids divert attention. Picture audience in their underwear. Specific Tips for Combating Nervousness