OCC Tips for Speech Anxiety & Communication Apprehension
Do you suffer from speech anxiety?
The PRCA (Personal Report of Communication Apprehension) is a test designed to help student gauge their level of communication anxiety in four specific areas: small group discussions, one-on-one interactions, speeches, and meetings. By taking this test, you will have a better idea of what aspects of speech communication you need to improve on.
Do you have Communication Apprehension?
Students with high speech apprehension may qualify to take part in a special section of Public Speaking that focuses on overcoming communication anxiety. The PRCA Exam determines if you qualify for this course.
Tactics that can help:
- Be well-prepared before speaking to a group: Know material, audience and conditions
- Practice your speech: Practice alone, in the mirror, in the corner, with a friendly audience and record your practices
- Have a backup, in case you forget what you want to say: Have notecards with your outline
- Reduce the fear of your audience: Realize they are usually on your side and want you to do well
- Relax yourself just before you speak: Take three deep breaths and close your eyes and count to ten