Things People Should Think About

January 11, 2011 at 12:55 pm 2 comments

Some of the ideas that appealed to me as I read through the chapters of my Public Speaking textbook was how to deal with nervousness and how to speak to different kinds of people while respecting their culture and beliefs.  I find that these ideas are the most appealing, some of the things I learned from this never crossed my mind.

The idea of turning nervousness into positive energy sounds very effective and can help a speaker get energized about their speech.  The author of the text says to turn every negative thought into five positive thoughts.  If you think about it, it is almost like giving yourself a game plan to get pumped up and excited about your talk.  If you are energized your audience will be too.

A good thing to remember is to treat your speech as a formal conversation with a friend, after all the people in the room are your friends.  They all have to give similar speeches, so they will understand what you are going through.  When you know your audience it is much easier, but what if you do not know them? What if they are from a different culture or background then you?  These are things that really need to be taken into consideration so no one gets offended.  Avoiding Ethnocentrism is one of those things that people should really consider when preparing  a speech or even a paper.  Ethnocentrism is when an individual believes that their own group or culture is superior to all other groups or cultures.  Our society today can be very corrupt and insensitive to the feelings of people different then that of ourselves.  We just assume that others are unaffected by what we say.  To me this is a very big issue in today’s world and should be addressed and avoided by speakers that are just learning, because it is a lot easier to prevent a problem than to try to fix it once it becomes a habit.



Entry filed under: Group Communication, public speaking, Public Speaking Tips, Uncategorized.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. ally  |  January 19, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    I really like the advice to turn nervousness in to excitement. I think that is going to help me a lot in this class.

  • 2. brittanycarroll  |  January 21, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Glad to hear I’m not the only one that suffers from nervousness. Your a great writer, wish you the best in speech class.


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