Communicationapprehension in simple terms referees to the fear that one has aboutcommunication. According to Bevan & Sole (2014), communicationapprehension is the level of anxiety that a person experiences as hecommunicates or attempts to communicate with other people. In thebroad field of interpersonal communication, communicationapprehension has been one of the most studied. Some of the subjectsstudied include receiver apprehension, dating anxiety, interculturalapprehension, writing apprehension among others.
Inthe medical field where I work as a Lab Assistant, there are normallyvery few presentations, and if any is requested for, it is presentedby our head of department Mr. White. There was this one time therewas to be a presentation to a delegation from a foreign hospital. Asusual I expected that Mr. White would be the one to present butunfortunately he called in sick, and I was tasked with thepresentation assignment. I have never been that anxious (West &Turner, 2006).
Iexperienced the kind of communication apprehension known asaudience-based communication apprehension. It is a kind of dread thatis associated with a single receiver or a group of receivers. In mysituation, it was a group of receivers. I was so uncomfortable withthe presentation to the extent of missing almost all the key aspects.The delegation was even keen to notice that I was anxious and askedthat I take a break. It was such an embarrassing moment.
Thereare several strategies to overcome communication apprehension.
Acceptingthat you have communication apprehension: Accepting is the first stepto change. If one accepts that he/she has the problem, it will beeasier to deal with it. Getting the necessary guidance in such asituation will be easy.
Learningnot to memorize speeches: If you work in a department with constantpresentations learn to prepare for the speech presentations but donot memorize. Constant practice especially on the keynotes is thesolution to this problem.
Thekey to achieving any goals in an organization is through effectivecommunication (Porter, 2010). For the smooth workflow, everyindividual should be on the same platform in terms of clarity ofideas this is only achievable through effective communication. Tobecome a professional, one must learn the vital communication skillsin order to communicate with your workforce. One should be capable ofusing both verbal and non-verbal forms of communication a trait thatyou will find with most professionals.
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Porter,R. (2010, August 1). EffectiveCommunications.(BriefArticle). Arbor Age.
West,R., & Turner, L. (2006). Understandinginterpersonal communication:Making choices in changing times. Belmont, CA: Thomson/Wadsworth.