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The only difference between professional speakers and novices is that the pros have trained their butterflies to fly in formation. – Edward R. Murrow
As you begin your college journey or just start a new semester in your journey already started, remember that speaking skills are important in professional, academic, personal, and civic contexts. Speaking anxiety, which is a form of communication apprehension, is one of the most researched topics in communication studies. Although it is very common (70% of college students have moderate or high levels of communication apprehension) this anxiety leads many people to dread public speaking or to avoid it all together. Confront and manage your anxiety so that you can take advantage of the power of public speaking. Taking a public speaking class is a great way to do this!
In the following speech, an award winning student with fear of public speaking gives an inspirational speech about facing his speaking anxiety and the benefits of doing so.