What Is Listener Anxiety?

Anticipation

Listeners become anxious when anticipating the next lines of a presentation. An ineffective speech can create boredom as a result.

Comprehension

Anxiety is a result of a speech given without clear direction leaving the listener challenged with trying to grasp the comprehension.

Speaker

Listener anxiety is also a result of the discomfort felt observing an ineffective, dull or nervous presenter. The listener feels the anxiety of the speaker.

Engagement

The prospect of being called upon during a presentation creates anxiety for the listener.

Location

The location of the presentation can create anxiety in listeners. Sitting uncomfortably, limited visibility, inconsistent temperatures and physical location are all anxiety promoting conditions for listeners. Effective speeches and presentations require more than just a good topic or writing style. Understanding listener anxiety and what the audience experiences provide the speaker with tools necessary to reduce listener anxiety.