MAStering the art of

Teaching Public Speaking

TO GEN z Students

Resources from the Webinar

As discussed in the webinar “Mastering the Art of Teaching Public Speaking to Gen Z Students”, this toolkit will help guide your class and help students:

  • Identify where their anxiety or nerves come from
  • Explain the importance of using elements of the Nerve Control Toolkit on a regular basis
  • Utilize the tools provided in the Nerve Control Toolkit confidently to help ease nerves and increase your confidence
  • List and define the elements of preparation prior to a presentation

Dr. Angela Niedermyer

Austin Community College


Meet Dr. N, an experienced communication studies instructor with a passion for helping students feel at ease in public speaking. Since 2002, she’s shared her expertise with thousands of students, guiding them toward greater comfort and confidence. Dr. N resides in Austin, TX, alongside her family and two furry companions.

Her academic journey includes earning a PhD in Interpersonal Communication from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011. Her research focused on understanding how romantic couples navigate secrecy in their relationships. With this background, Dr. N brings a wealth of knowledge to her teaching.

Dr. N has been a valuable part of the ACC community since 2006, with a break from 2016 to 2018. She appreciates the flexibility that ACC offers, allowing her to explore various teaching opportunities. Beyond traditional classes, she has taught Conversational English to Chinese students online, conducted an intensive public speaking course in Florida, and instructed Presentational Speaking at St. Edwards University for the past two years.

Her teaching experience extends beyond ACC to institutions such as South Dakota State University, University of Texas, Concordia University, DeVry University, and South University. Throughout her career, Dr. N has maintained a commitment to rigor and equity in her classrooms, serving as a mentor to numerous college students.

Recently, Dr. N was awarded an AI Fellowship for the academic year 2024-2025. Excited about exploring AI’s impact on communication in higher education, she looks forward to delving into cutting-edge advancements in the field.

Beyond her academic pursuits, Dr. N proudly supports the LGBTQ+ community and has completed the ALLY training at ACC. Her dedication to fostering inclusive environments, combined with her mentorship and commitment to academic excellence, reflects her genuine passion for education and student success.

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Tara Williams

React Consulting


With a rich educational background and over 15 years of experience in both academia and the corporate world as a consultant, Tara is a seasoned expert in the fields of communication, organizational culture, leadership, organizational change, and interdisciplinary collaboration. The combination of her Bachelor of Commerce and Master’s of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies provides her with a unique educational blend that empowers her approach to challenge from diverse angles and foster innovative, holistic solutions based on assessed needs.

As a published author, Tara has a proven track record of delivering engaging and informative content. She teaches a variety of business and social science courses and is driven by a focus on collaboration and team synergy. Tara is often described as a natural leader with exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, enabling her to build strong relationships with students and stakeholders at all levels. She has taught in post-secondary education for over 15 years and has a passion for challenging students to excel by taking risks, growing in their abilities, and increasing their comfort level when sharing with an audience.

A dynamic and dedicated community leader, Tara is also a momma to two bright and loving littles.

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