Public Speaking Anxiety and Its Effect on Students Essay examples

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Public Speaking Anxiety and Its Effect on Students


Public speaking anxiety is a problem for many people. Some say that it is the number one fear of Americans over death. There have been many studies done in the general field of public speaking anxiety. I am going to review five articles that touch on various issues surrounding public speaking anxiety. All five of these articles are from Communication journals and are at most five years old.

Literature Review

There have been many studies done on public speaking anxiety in the field of communications. I have chosen these five articles to review because I believe that put together, they give a good background on the recent research done on this subject.
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Speech anxiety was unrelated to goal setting, presentation concern, organization, and revising/editing. It was related to other things such as audience concerns and text generation.

The third article is titled "The effects of audience pleasantness, audience familiarity, and speaking contexts on public speaking anxiety and willingness to speak." This article was written by P. MacIntyre and K. Thivierge. Their hypothesis were the following:

H1: More familiar audiences are expected to generate less anxiety and a greater willingness to speak.

H2: Pleasant audiences are expected to generate less anxiety and greater willingness to speak.

H3: The first two hypothesis may be superseded by a significant interaction between audience familiarity and audience pleasantness for both dependent variables. Pleasant friends are expected to be the most preferred audience. Of particular interest is the contrast between pleasant strangers and unpleasant friends and their relative effects on anxiety-arousal and willingness to speak.

H4: Speaking context also may affect the hypothesized relations. Therefore, a three-way interaction is expected involving audience familiarity, audience pleasantness, and speaking content.

They took 95 student from first year communication classes and asked them to respond to short vignettes describing six types of audience situations for public speaking. The results show that the students anticipated less anxiety speaking to

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