Leaders That Listen Public Speaking Curriculum
Sometimes, even the idea of speaking publicly makes you so nervous and anxious that you hold yourself back from taking on leadership roles or even expressing what is on your mind. If this is the case, know you are not alone! The resources in this toolkit are applicable to all forms of public speaking covered in this curriculum to help people cope with the public speaking anxiety that often interferes with their ability to participate and speak up. Use these resources to become more comfortable with nervousness and develop the habits necessary to face the fear!
The author describes her personal perspectives on why the fear of judgment leads to the silencing of diverse perspectives.
Post this list to remind students of what a fearless classroom looks like (or edit as norms for the home or workplace).
This list includes sources of personal fear and what is needed to address those fears.
This article (along with a video and podcast) covers personal accounts of public speaking fears and methods for embracing them.
Use this resource as a reminder for what the fear of public speaking looks like and sounds like for many people.
Take this quiz to reflect on personal feelings, triggers, and situations that affect communication anxiety.
Use this resource for coping tips for common sources of stage fright and anxiety, including fear of judgment and uncertainty.
Watch this video for quick tips to get started coping with public speaking anxiety.
This essay discusses how the fear of public speaking leads to inequities in students’ abilities to meet speaking and listening standards.
This checklist outlines questions to ask to reflect on the teacher’s role in helping students handle communication anxiety.
Use these tips to create an inclusive environment where all students feel like they have something to offer.
Ease anxieties by lowering the stakes through this list of tips.
This essay discusses specific tips to embrace the fear of public speaking and value audience connection.
Use this resource to practice spontaneous speaking and feel comfortable speaking on the spot.
This resource lists specific actions to take on the day of a speech or performance to ease your jitters and nerves.
This essay discusses the audience’s role in helping people feel less anxious, including behaviors to avoid and mindsets to adopt.