Instructor's Corner #1: Teaching Students to Face Their Fears Eases Public Speaking Anxiety

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June 2014


Public speaking anxiety (PSA) can hinder career aspirations, personal relationships, and self-image, but communication educators can provide students opportunities to learn and practice new skills and face their fears. A well-designed public speaking course serves apprehensive students through instructional strategies that target and treat the fears associated with public speaking while enhancing student development and future employability. Thus, reducing students’ public speaking anxiety can become a central component of the public speaking course design.

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Communication Currents