Whether it’s clowns, heights or spiders, we all have fears. Fear is an intrinsic part of human nature that allows us to know our limits as well as push beyond them.
Public speaking is something that we all experience from school to university to the workplace; it’s an unavoidable, and often uncomfortable, part of life. Not everyone takes to public speaking like a duck to water, and the reasons behind why someone is afraid of public speaking can differ from person to person.
What even is glossophobia?
Glossophobia is a term used to describe the ‘fear of public speaking’. It’s estimated that 75% of us feel anxious when it comes to public speaking, with common symptoms such as sweating, shaking, nausea and an increased heart rate (to name a few).
Public speaking doesn’t just mean giving a large-scale Ted Talk presentation – it can apply to situations where there’s a smaller audience like meetings, interviews, or even giving a toast at the dinner table.
If you look more like the picture on the left but want to look like the picture on the right, then we’ve put together a few little tips to help you feel a little more at ease when speaking publicly.
What are our top 3 tips for feeling more at ease with public speaking?
1. Your Preparation.
As the famous saying by Benjamin Franklin goes ‘by failing to prepare, you’re preparing to fail’ and this applies to public speaking. Knowing your material and practising it in advance as well as scoping out the venue and planning what you’re going to wear can help you feel more at ease. Rehearse your speech with family/friends/colleagues/anyone who will listen or even stand in front of your bathroom mirror (and if you don’t find it too cringey – record yourself)
2. Your Audience.
Although we’re big believers in knowing your audience, you may not always know who you’re addressing when giving a speech and this fear of the unknown can feed more into the anxiety of presenting. Before speaking you should think to yourself ‘I’m okay with you, you’re okay with me’ to try and lessen the feeling of being judged whilst in the spotlight. Remember, if public speaking was easy then everyone would be doing it – getting in front of everyone is half the battle itself!
3. Your Mind.
Leave the negative self-doubts behind and take a deep breath. Not every speech will be a winner and sometimes you just need to accept that making mistakes is all a part of your journey to becoming a confident speaker. Being in the right frame of mind can create the biggest impact on your speech, try and avoid distractions beforehand and focus solely on doing the best you can. After all, you’re the only person who can hold yourself back.
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