Glossophobia: Fear of public speaking is one of the ten most common fears. According to the survey, nearly 75% of the population has this fear to some extent. People suffering from this phobia start showing symptoms such as

  •  headache
  • anxiety
  •  nausea, dry mouth
  •  shaking voice
  •  sweating
  •  muscle tension
  • need to urinate
  • increased heart rate.


Glossophobia may be due to the fear of ridicule. Rather than saying that you were laughed upon at as a child.


One could have this phobia due to 

  • fear of making mistakes
  •  having an unknown role
  •  fear of humiliation
  • fear of negative results
  • due to a few personality traits
  •  lack of preparation
  •  being too embarrassed in front of a great one or the fear of being judged.


One could overcome this fear by preparing well. 

  1. You know your topic well, write your presentation very well, repeat it until you have cooled down, you can film and realize your pros and cons.
  2. Shift the focus from yourself and your fears to your true purpose of contributing something of value to your audience.
  3.  Stop getting scared and thinking about what could go wrong. Instead, focus on thoughts and images that are calming.
  4.  Refuse to think about thoughts that create insecurity and low self-esteem.
  5. Practice ways to calm and relax your mind and body, such as deep breathing, relaxation exercises, yoga, and meditation.
  6. Don't try to learn your speech. Try delivering as If you are talking to your friends.
  7. Don't focus on just one person while speaking. Focus on the bigger picture.
  8. In case you go blank, don't panic. Breathe in and Breathe out and try to recollect.
  9. Don't get discouraged if you go wrong. Learn from your mistakes.
  10. Laugh or Smile your stress out.

Glossophobia can be easily reduced. By challenging oneself by putting oneself in a spot. So give it a try.