Communication apprehension is the fear of communicating with others. It represents a substantial area of inquiry in communication research and covers a broad area of study of the human communication experience, not limited to analysis by communication scholars alone. It has been examined in a variety of contexts utilizing various methodological approaches and analyses. Encompassing all types of communication experiences, communication apprehension is both real and imagined, based upon negative past experiences, fear of the unknown, and lack of confidence. Although not limited to public speaking situations, oral presentations undoubtedly pose one of [Page 178]the most threatening and widely known catalysts for communication apprehension.
Consider the following situations: entering a classroom on the first day of the semester, being called on to answer ...
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