Nervousness about giving a speech is normal; even the most successful public speakers feel a bit of stage fright. Are you nervous at the thought of giving a speech? Share your thoughts about taking this speech course and in what ways you think this course will help you meet your personal, academic, and professional goals. What strategies can help you control your nervousness? In what ways can you use what our text calls “positive nervousness” to manage your speech anxiety? Review the Checklist for Speaking With Confidence in Chapter 1 and tell us how you plan to overcome any speech anxiety to achieve success.