Higher Education

Conquer Your Speech Anxiety: Learn How to Overcome Your Nervousness About Public Speaking, 2nd Edition

  • includes CD-ROM and InfoTracĀ®
  • Karen Kangas Dwyer University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • ISBN-10: 0534636187  |  ISBN-13: 9780534636180
  • 168 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 1998
  • © 2005 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $80.25



CONQUER YOUR SPEECH ANXIETY provides students with a resource to help them understand their speech anxiety and develop a plan to overcome their fear of public speaking. By focusing on and applying the most recent communication anxiety research, this resource incorporates the finding that a combination of various techniques results in the greatest reduction of anxiety. The accompanying student CD-ROM contains audio relaxation exercises and techniques to help students conquer their anxiety.

Table of Contents

1. Speech Anxiety and You.
2. Definitions and Assessment.
3. Causes of Speech Anxiety.
4. Excessive Activation and the Fight-Flight-Freeze Response.
5. A Multidimensional Plan for Conquering Speech Anxiety.
6. Deep Breathing.
7. Cognitive Restructuring.
8. Systematic Desensitization.
9. Mental Rehearsal (Visualization).
10. Physical Exercises Interpersonal Support.
11. Skills Training.
12. Putting it all Together to Conquer Speech Anxiety.

Learning Resource Bundles

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Bundle: Cengage Advantage Books: Essentials of Public Speaking, 4th + Conquer Your Speech Anxiety: Learn How to Overcome Your Nervousness About Public Speaking (with CD-ROM and InfoTracĀ®), 2nd

ISBN-10: 1111498229 | ISBN-13: 9781111498221

List Price = $162.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $120.75

This Bundle Includes:

  • Cengage Advantage Books: Essentials of Public Speaking
    List Price = $66.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $50.25
  • Conquer Your Speech Anxiety: Learn How to Overcome Your Nervousness About Public Speaking
    List Price = $106.95  | CengageBrain Price = $106.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $80.25

Efficacy and Outcomes


"With CONQUER YOUR SPEECH ANXIETY, Dr. Dwyer provides a thorough resource for instructors wishing to help students take control of their speech fright. Students learn to overcome their nervousness of public speaking by understanding the characteristics and causes of the problem, learn how to control their symptoms and attitudes through physical and mental exercises and develop an overall plan for becoming an effective communicator with their fears in check."

— Cecil V. Kramer, Liberty University

"I do like the exercises that help the students work through targeting their issues, etc."

— Lorin Basden Arnold, Rowan University


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Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Resource Manual  (ISBN-10: 0534636209 | ISBN-13: 9780534636203)

The Instructor's Resource Manual includes specific teaching strategies for each unit, including objectives, sample syllabi, and assignments for teaching a three-week workshop on overcoming communication apprehension.