, Volume 44, Issue 4, pp 287–296 | Cite as

Overcoming the effect of low self-esteem on public speaking anxiety with mindfulness-based interventions

  • Mukesh KumarEmail author
  • Vinay Kalakbandi
  • Sanjeev Prashar
  • Neelu
  • Archana Parashar
Research Article


Although public speaking anxiety (PSA) is the most commonly experienced type of anxiety, the effect of mindfulness-based interventions on PSA is not firmly established. To shed light on this relationship, the present study proposes a model examining the mediating effect of self-esteem in explaining this link. The data for the present study were collected from 227 executives pursuing a 2-year management education program. Public speaking being an essential part of this program, the participants voluntarily completed the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale, Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale and Personal Report of Public Speaking Anxiety. Based on a quantitative approach, the study demonstrates that the effect of mindfulness-based interventions on public speaking anxiety could be better understood by taking into account the mediating variable—self-esteem. The study concludes by discussing conceptual contributions, limitations and future research avenues.


Mindfulness Self-esteem Public speaking anxiety Mediation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mukesh Kumar
    • 1
    Email author
  • Vinay Kalakbandi
    • 2
  • Sanjeev Prashar
    • 3
  • Neelu
    • 4
  • Archana Parashar
    • 3
  1. 1.IIM AmritsarAmritsarIndia
  2. 2.IMT HyderabadHyderabadIndia
  3. 3.IIM RaipurRaipurIndia
  4. 4.Centre for Linguistics, Jawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew DelhiIndia

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