Being anxious about speaking in front of an audience is a natural human tendency

Being anxious about speaking in front of an audience is a natural human tendency. All people experience some form of anxiety before, during, or after speaking in front of an audience.
For this discussion board, you will be asked to take a survey on your public speaking anxiety, and then reflect on how you can overcome this anxiety or use it to your advantage.
First:
Take the Speaking Anxiety Survey (I will attach results below after the line ) before completing this post.
Next:
Create your post to include the following:
1. Were you surprised by the score you received on the survey? (Feel free to share your score if you are comfortable doing so).
2. Why do you think your score was what it was based on the questions asked?
3. What has been your experience with public speaking in the past? Have you had any anxiety about giving speeches or the thought of giving public speeches?
4. Based on what you have read, what can you do to have less anxiety?
5. Based on what you have read, what should you avoid during a speech to show your audience that you are confident and prepared?
Source:
McCroskey, J. C. (1970) . Measures of communication-bound anxiety. Speech Monographs, 37, 269-277.
Score: 122
Interpretation:
Your score indicates a very high level of anxiety about public speaking. You probably have very high anxiety in most, if not all, public speaking situations and are likely to go to considerable lengths to avoid them. It is unlikely that you can become successful a public speaker unless you overcome or significantly reduce your anxiety.
Other Scores:
For people with scores between 34 and 84 on the PRPSA, very few public speaking situations would produce anxiety.
Scores between 85 and 92 indicate a moderately low level of anxiety about public speaking. While some public speaking situations would be likely to arouse anxiety in people with such scores, most situations would not be anxiety arousing.
Scores between 93 and 110 indicate moderate anxiety in most public speaking situations, but the level of anxiety is not likely to be so severe that the individual won’t be able to cope with it and eventually become a successful speaker.
Scores that range between 111 and 119 suggest a moderately high level of anxiety about public speaking. People with such scores will tend to avoid public speaking because it usually arouses a fairly high level of anxiety. While some public speaking situations may not cause too much of a problem, most will be problematic.

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