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Part I: Assessing Your Skills > Evaluate Yourself

Chapter 1. Evaluate Yourself

Check ( ) the category that best describes you as a speaker.

Category Characteristics

AVOIDER An avoider does everything possible to escape from having to get in front of an audience. In some cases avoiders may seek careers that do not involve making presentations.

RESISTER A resister has fear when asked to speak. This fear may be strong. Resisters may not be able to avoid speaking as part of their job, but they never encourage it. When they do speak they do so with great reluctance and considerable pain.

ACCEPTER The accepter will give presentations as part of the job but doesn’t seek those opportunities. Accepters occasionally give a presentation and feel as though they did a good job. They even find that once in a while they are quite persuasive, and enjoy speaking in front of a group.

SEEKER A seeker looks for opportunities to speak. The seeker understands that anxiety can be a stimulant which fuels enthusiasm during a presentation. Seekers work at building their professional communication skills and self-confidence by speaking often.



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