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Public Speaking Anxiety (PSA) Management: Understanding PSA

Are you looking for help with managing your public speaking anxiety? If so, then you've come to the right place!

Academic Reading

Bodie, G.  (2010). A Racing Heart, Rattling Knees, and Ruminative Thoughts: Defining, Explaining, and Treating Public Speaking Anxiety, Communication Education, 59(1), 70-105.

Bodie's research study provides a pretty thorough review of public speaking anxiety.  You can access the article by going to the MSU library web page and entering your MSU ID and password: Click Here

Public Speaking Anxiety - a Type of Stage Fright

This entertaining Ted-Ed video explains public speaking anxiety (stage fright) from an evolutionary standpoint. (4:07) 

What Happens to Our Brains When We Have Stage Fright?

​​Mikael Cho, creator of the Ted-Ed video posted above, provides more information about public speaking anxiety and how preparation can significantly reduce it.  To read, click here.


Facing the Fear of Public Speaking - ABC News

​​In this video, ABC News explains why people experience public speaking anxiety and identifies several Hollywood celebrities who suffer with it, including director Michael Bay, and actors Johnny Depp and Kristen Stewart. Click here to watch. 

Joe Kowan: How I Beat Stage Fright

Joe Kowan, a comedian/singer, explains his own battle with stage fright and shares what worked for him.