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Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership
Educational Leadership and Curriculum
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Public speaking has been found to be one of the greatest fears people face in their lifetime. Students, in particular, may feel extremely nervous about public speaking or the anticipated event of speaking to an audience. The purpose of this research study is twofold: (1) investigate the contemplative practice of mindfulness meditation, and (2) to understand the experiences of students who practice mindfulness meditation while enrolled (or previously enrolled) in a Public Speaking course at a community college. Data was collected using a Transcendental Phenomenology methodological approach. Moreover, methods used included open-ended, semi-structured interviews as well as descriptive field notes. Qualitative data was transcribed, coded and categorized into salient thematic findings. The findings of this study detail students’ perceptions about the use of mindfulness meditation. This study informs Public Speaking practitioners about how to proactively manage anxiety and uncertainty by employing contemplative practices to increase successful communication outcomes.
Jazan, Alejandro, "ADDRESSING PUBLIC SPEAKING ANXIETY THROUGH THE CONTEMPLATIVE PRACTICE OF MEDITATION: A MINDFULNESS APPROACH" (2019). Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations. 799.