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Overcoming Public Speaking Anxiety

The goal of this course is to help graduate students and postdoctoral scholars prepare and deliver excellent presentations to a variety of audiences. These requirements for public speaking are common to graduate students in every field of study. Speakers include faculty members experienced in public presentations as well as UC Davis communication scholar Michael Motley, whose research on issues in public speaking has gained a national reputation.

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Reducing Public Speaking Anxiety: The Communication Orientation

Lecture 03: Michael Motley, UC Davis professor of communication, talks about his approach to reducing public speaking anxiety known. In this lecture, Motley explains how communication orientation differs from the more common performance orientation that anxious speakers have. He explains how a shift in orientation can help reduce anxiety. Motley wrote "Overcoming Your Fear of Public Speaking: A Proven Method" New York: Houghton Mifflin.


11 Jan 2011

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Thomas Roe: methods and resources for reducing anxiety

Lecture 04: Thomas Roe, a licensed clinical psychologist and the coordinator for graduate student counseling services at UC Davis, specializes in working with graduate students, stress and anxiety, and biofeedback. In this lecture he describes techniques students can use to reduce public speaking anxiety and explains the resources that the Counseling and Psychological Services center offers to students. At the end of the lecture, Barbara Myslik explains how to avoid some common mistakes speakers make and the “four C’s” of public speaking.


13 Jan 2011

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Speaking to Non-Academics

Lecture 09: Charles Bamforth, professor and chair of food science and technology at UC Davis, specializes in brewing beer. In this lecture, Prof. Bamforth describes his teaching methods and provides examples for communicating complex ideas to non-academic audiences. For example, he explains how salt dissolves in water in a way that someone with no experience in chemistry or physics can understand.


10 Feb 2011

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Computer visual aids: the good, the bad and the ugly

Lecture 08: Fernando Socorro, an Information Technology specialist at UC Davis, discusses uses of computer visual aids including PowerPoint and the Mac equivalent. Fernando demonstrates good uses and bad uses, and gives tips on how to make your visual aid the most effective for communicating with an audience. The focus in this lecture is the technical aspect of presentation aids.


3 Feb 2011

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Effective use of presentation aids

Lecture 07: Barbara Myslik describes effective uses of presentation aids, including Power Point. When should you use a visual aid? What are common mistakes and how can you avoid them? How can you use a visual aid to get your message across to the audience and be remembered?


1 Feb 2011

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