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Abstract

This essay discusses current applications of visualization as well as future possible applications. At present visualization is used to help people cope with speech anxiety. Of the versions of visualization currently available, performance visualization seems superior because it helps people reduce anxiety and improve their presentation skills. The conditions under which performance visualization ought to be employed are discussed along with potential refinements in the procedure. The second section of the essay suggests that visualization may play a broader role in public speaking courses than it currently does. We point out that public speaking courses are grounded in a western tradition of rational thinking which places almost exclusive emphasis on verbal, sequential thought. Eastern cultures, however, tend to emphasize non-linear, sequential processes (non-verbal). Because visualization relies more on non-verbal processing than verbal, it may be used to considerable advantage in public situations that emphasize nonverbal processes. We point out some of these circumstances and the form such presentations might take.