The Department of Communication Studies and Organizational Communication offers students preparation for careers in corporate and nonprofit organizations, employee communication, training and orientation, event planning and fundraising, university student services, and alumni relations.
Communication is central to all human interaction, and the department provides students with exploration of communication theories and skills through a variety of courses, projects, and internships.
(College of Liberal Arts, Middle Tennessee State University, 2015)
Shi, X.; Brinthaupt, T.M.; McCree, M.
This research examines how self-talk is related to the nature and prevalence of communication apprehension and public speaking anxiety. In Study 1, we examined the relationship between general communication apprehension (CA) and the frequency and nature of general self-talk. Results showed that individuals with high CA were cognitively “busier” than low CA individuals, reporting higher levels of several kinds of self-talk. In Study 2, we examined how self-talk pertaining to the preparation for an upcoming speech related to public speaking anxiety. Results showed that self-critical and social-assessing self-talk were positively related to people’s anxiety scores, whereas self-reinforcing self-talk was negatively associated with their anxiety. Implications of these results for the management of public speaking anxiety are discussed.