Are you worried about enrolling in a public speaking class and giving speeches? Here at UT we offer specialized sections of CMST 240 Business and Professional Communication for our highly speech anxious students. These classes fulfill the General Education Oral Communication (OC) requirement and provide the opportunity to increase your confidence, develop your skillset, and share your story with others who share your concerns in a supportive and encouraging environment. We enjoy a smaller class size and slower pace as we explore ways to effectively manage speech anxiety throughout the term.
A key to successfully managing speech anxiety is reframing – to see things (including ourselves) in a new way. It can be as simple as using the term “presentation” instead of “speech” or as complex as challenging misconceptions about what it means to “give a speech.” At its essence, a speech is just a conversation. Ideally, it is a transactional conversation between a presenter familiar with his/her audience, information and purpose and committed to providing a value-added experience for that audience. Ultimately, it is a conversation built upon connection involving the sharing of a story – your story. It is something we can all do and all do well if given the knowledge, tools, and opportunities to effectively manage our speech anxiety and connect with our audience. Again, welcome to our Speech Anxiety website, I hope you find it useful.