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
- nausea, dry mouth
- shaking voice
- 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.
- 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.
- Shift the focus from yourself and your fears to your true purpose of contributing something of value to your audience.
- Stop getting scared and thinking about what could go wrong. Instead, focus on thoughts and images that are calming.
- Refuse to think about thoughts that create insecurity and low self-esteem.
- Practice ways to calm and relax your mind and body, such as deep breathing, relaxation exercises, yoga, and meditation.
- Don't try to learn your speech. Try delivering as If you are talking to your friends.
- Don't focus on just one person while speaking. Focus on the bigger picture.
- In case you go blank, don't panic. Breathe in and Breathe out and try to recollect.
- Don't get discouraged if you go wrong. Learn from your mistakes.
- 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.