Sooner or later, we are likely to find ourselves in a situation that requires speaking in front of others, whether in school, at work, or in less formal and more social settings. However, such situations are not always welcome or happily anticipated. Many people feel anxious or fearful about speaking in front of a group. Indeed, a Gallup survey, opens a new window in 2001 found that 40% of those surveyed were afraid of speaking to an audience.
Fortunately, public speaking is a skill that can be learned, practiced, and improved. Much has been written by professional public presenters, communications professors and consultants, corporate heads, public relations professionals, and others to help people overcome their anxiety and build confidence and effectiveness as public speakers.
You can find many resources about improving your public speaking skills at the St. Tammany Parish Library. Below is a list of print and digital resources in the Library’s collection, as well as links to resources in our databases and the Internet.
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Here's a list of resources available at the St. Tammany Parish Library to help you overcome anxiety about and build confidence in your public speaking skills. If you need more information about borrowing any of these or other items, please contact a St. Tammany Parish Library reference librarian.