Monday, August 18, 2008

Communication Apprehension

Communication apprehension is the fear or anxiety of communicating in different situations. It is believed that 1 in 5 people have this problem. Some of the possible reasons for this condition maybe lack of expertise in the communicating language, lack of practice and timidity. Many of us might be good in writing a language but not so in speaking. Some of us can communicate fluently with others but stutter when asked to speak in a conference or make a presentation. People rank public speaking as their worst fear.

Fear is one factor that influences verbal communication. If we can overcome fear we can communicate confidently. First of all a person should realize that communication apprehension is a very innate and global human emotion. He should be willing to accept that he really has the problem. Analyze yourself listing down your fears and consider whether they are realistic. Taking deep breaths can significantly bring down your anxiety. In presentations it is very important to prepare well in advance and structure it so that there is a continuous flow of information. Attitude makes a difference and there is no reason in the world to think that you would fail. Memorizing is not a good idea. You have to understand the concept noting down the hints or outlines and present it perfectly. This is not easy but can be achieved through regular practice. Simulate the environment in your mind days before your presentation and build your confidence along the way. Never let it degrade you. Atlast don't get being eaten by the atmosphere and tell yourself that you are a hero and not a coward

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