Factor Affecting Public Speaking Anxiety Essay

5783 Words Jul 1st, 2013 24 Pages


Commonly, students refuse to do the task of speaking in public due to discomfort of being viewed upon by the classmates or the audience and does create inferiority in delivering a certain speech. Public speaking is a common source of stress for everyone especially to students who are not used to speak in front of public because of fear to be criticized by others. Many would like to avoid this situation completely, but that is difficult to accomplish. Oral communication anxiety or commonly known as public speaking anxiety is one of the most studied phenomena among western communication researchers. So much attention has been given to this phenomenon that almost every aspect of it has been explored and written
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Schematic diagram showing the variables of the study.

The schematic diagram shows the relationship between independent variables and dependent variables with the intervention of the moderating variables. The independent variables are the factors affecting public speaking anxiety such as A. An Unfamiliar Situation, B. Lack of Confidence, C. Sense of Isolation, D. Self-Consciousness and E. Fear of Looking Foolish; the moderating variables are the socio demographic profile of the respondents such as sex, course and type of school graduated. The dependent variables are the levels of anxiety on public speaking. The intervention of the moderating variable will correlate the significance of independent variables and the dependent variables.


This study was conducted to determine the levels of anxiety public speaking among speech communication students of this institution. Specifically, the study answered the following:

1. What is the socio demographic profile of the respondents in terms of the following? * Sex * Course * Type of high school graduated from 2. What are the factors affecting public speaking

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