Communications 101: Ch. 2 Review

False- It may work for a few individuals, but it is a diversionary tactic rather than an effective nervousness-reduction strategy, and it does not address the root causes of anxiety.

Picturing your audience naked is an effective technique for diminishing speech anxiety because it addresses the root causes of such anxiety.

False- Moderating the fight-or-flight response is more realistic. Some anxiety when giving a speech is not necessarily counterproductive.

The useful approach to speech anxiety, generally, is to eliminate the fight-or-flight response, not merely moderate the symptoms.

True- Unlike telling a person not to be nervous, which is about as helpful as telling a person with a mental disorder to "just get it together," noting that a speaker's anxiety is not as noticeable (transparent) to audience members as most speakers think

Informing a person about the illusion of transparency can free speakers from the cycle of anxiety and help them present better speeches.

False- Concentrating on what might go wrong heightens anxiety and can easily lead to irrational catastrophic thinking ("Prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse") and poor presentations. Gaining proper perspective notes that the severity of failure is minimal ev

Gaining proper perspective as a means of reducing speech anxiety means concentrating on what could go wrong while giving your speech and trying hard to correct these deficiencies as you present your speech.

True- A narrative speech tells a story that typically begins with a challenge, reveals a struggle, and resolves the problem in the conclusion.

Often your first classroom speech will be a personal introduction´┐Ża nonthreatening narrative that tells a story in three parts.

All the Above

Anxiety-provoking situations include

A common problem for most people- Speech anxiety can be a bothersome problem for most people, but it is nearly incapacitating for only a small percentage of the population.

Speech anxiety is

None of the Above- You cannot selectively activate (increased glucose) or deactivate symptoms (sweaty armpits, goose bumps, butterflies in the stomach, cold hands) of the fight-or-flight response. Your sympathetic nervous system activates a constellation

When addressing the symptoms of the fight-or-flight response to speech anxiety, it is reasonable to assume that

the degree of anxiety and your ability to manage it- Zero anxiety is an unrealistic goal and not necessarily a productive goal either. Your anxiety may never totally disappear, but low to moderate levels of anxiety managed effectively can prove to be func

The key differences between functional and dysfunctional speech anxiety include

B & C- focuses on presenting a clear message, not on your performance; is enhanced by practicing your speech conversationally with a friend

The communication orientation to reducing speech anxiety