Glossophobia. Thousands of people in the world have it but not everyone knows what it means. Glossophobia is the fear of public speaking. This affects people regardless of race, age or gender. Luckily, there are many ways to overcome the fear of public speaking.
Public Speaking Fear or Glossophobia – The Symptoms
Symptoms for public speaking fear or glossophobia vary from person to person. You can break out in a sweat or have an increase in your heart rate. You may feel nervous or start having a panic attack. Having a quivering voice or getting dry mouth are common problems for people who suffer from anxiety due to public speaking. You may also get a nosebleed or a stiff neck.
Some people recognized their fear of public speaking at an early age. This could have been when they were school aged and had to give a presentation or report in front of the class. Adults may also have this fear, which can be triggered when having to present or speak during business meetings or orientations.
You CAN Overcome The Fear.
Many people think that they will never overcome their fear of public speaking. We are told, at an early age, one way to overcome the fear of public speaking is to ignore the audience. “You must pretend that they are not there.” “Pretend that they are in their underwear.” Really, these methods are NOT effective ways to take on your fears. By pretending that your audience doesn’t exist, you have nothing to focus on when speaking. Ideally, you should interact and engage your audience. The only way to be able to become a better public speaker is by seeing what works and doesn’t work when you are up in front of the audience. You will never be able to see the feedback on your audience’s face if they are invisible.
Write Down The Notes.
Write down the things that you would like to say beforehand. Don’t write down everything verbatim. Instead stick to a few words that can trigger your next thought, should you become forgetful. Having an outline of what you would like to say beforehand will help yu to stay on track and not deviate from the topics that you intend on talking about. Should you lose your train of thought, don’t panic. Just take one breath, look at your notes, and start again.
You Should Practice Your Speech.
Practice your speech the day or night before the actual presentation. Practicing will keep you from feeling nervous because you will have an idea of how the speech must flow. Practicing will help to build confidence because you will be familiar with the content and feel prepared for the big day.
You can also try an herbal remedy for your anxiety. Gelsemium, Lavender, and Passionflower are all recommended due to the fact that they have a calming affect. Taking ten minutes for yourself prior to having your meeting or speech is essential. Use this time to quiet your mind and relax. Meditate. Stretch. Going into the meeting in a proper state of mind will help you be as successful as you can be.