Clicky

FEAR OF PUBLIC SPEAKING

The fear of public speaking is much more common than full-on social phobia. Many people who can interact very easily one-on-one are still afraid of speaking to a group.

Fear of public speaking is an increasing problem in today’s world. Group presentations are now a normal part of education in schools, colleges and universities. Speaking to a group is also increasingly required in the workplace, including in the Armed Forces. Giving presentations and talks is especially required at higher levels in an organisation. So this fear puts many people off applying for promotion.

WANT TO LEARN MORE BEFORE MAKING AN APPOINTMENT, PLUS A FREE AUDIO?

Just sign up here to my mailing list for more information. Your email will never be shared with anybody else. And as a thank you for joining my mailing list, you’ll also get a free relaxation audio!

WANT HELP NOW?

You can contact me now by calling 01392574669 or use the contact form below. Remember to tick the “consent” box or the form won’t send. I see clients in Plymouth and in Exeter.

Now read on for more information on this topic.

I’ve written HERE about Social Phobia, and most of that applies also to the fear of public speaking. However in the public speaking situation there are some additional factors.

Why public speaking is different to normal conversation.

For instance, in a large audience there will generally be some people who don’t seem to be listening, others who appear expressionless, others may look puzzled or amused. The anxious person’s imagination goes into overdrive when they notice these people. You may assume that the person who isn’t listening is bored or exasperated by your presentation. Or you could think that the expressionless person is judging you coldly and severely. You might fear that the puzzled-looking person is puzzled because you’re talking nonsense, or that the smiling person thinks you’re ridiculous.

Presentations often involve pointing at a whiteboard or screen, which draws attention to your hand if it is shaking due to anxiety.

There is also the effect of breathing. Anxious people tend to speak faster, and therefore breathe faster and less deeply, using only the upper part of the lungs instead of the whole lungs. They can feel light-headed and unwell, like the start of a panic attack.

Even if you’re fairly good at public speaking it’s best to prepare yourself and rehearse your speech. This is because it’s difficult to estimate how much time is passing, so you need to ensure that your speech can fit easily into the time allotted without needing to talk faster than what feels comfortable for you.

You can read more background information HERE about how phobias develop.

And see HERE for more about how therapy for phobias works.

DISCLAIMER Individual results may vary and unless specified, outcomes are not guaranteed.
Verified by MonsterInsights