Public speaking anxiety is something everybody–at one time or another–gets (even people who are natural at public speaking). The fear of public speaking could be considered the common thread that ties people together, even though it’s not one that most people want to share. Learning about public speaking anxiety will help you to understand what the signs are and get past them, too.
Public speaking anxiety, also known as glossophobia, is one way that people can express Social Anxiety Disorder or SAD. People who are anxious when speaking in public can suffer from both physical and mental stress that could ruin their careers and lead to serious physical illness. Even still, it’s possible to overcome SAD and move forward in both your personal and professional career.
Therapy Can Help You Overcome Public Speaking’s Mental Stress and Anxiety
There may be underlying reasons in someone’s life that cause them great anxiety when speaking publicly. Therapy can help alleviate the mental stress they feel, as they confront the incident that caused them to feel such anxiety. By facing it head-on, you can start to gain confidence in yourself. With the skills you learn to overcome the mental stress, you can go out to give the best speech ever.
Preparation Can Help You Overcome Public Speaking’s Physical Stress and Anxiety
When a person knows they have to give a big speech and has plenty of time to prepare themselves, they may procrastinate. This can lead to physical stress at the time of the speech. They may suffer from shaking hands, legs and voice. They may not keep eye contact with the audience. It’s important to really prepare for your speech to alleviate the anxiety you feel for talking in public.
In fact, surveys show that there is a 70 percent drop in anxiety when people are prepared for their speech.
When you do your research on a subject you are going to talk about and write a speech using what you learned, you prepare yourself the right way to avoid any anxiety. This is the key way in which to handle public speaking anxiety. Three things:
By practicing your speech, you can stay familiar with your subject. By knowing your topic, you can feel at ease and confident that you will present the material clearly.
Physical and Mental Public Speaking Anxiety and Stress Can Be Overcome with Breath
When you’re giving a speech, you need to relax. One way to do this is to learn the right breathing techniques. When your breath is slow and deliberate, it literally calms your body down. When your body is calm, your mind often follows suit.
Other ways to relax your breath include meditation, yoga, or even a walk around the block.
Don’t allow public speaking anxiety to rule your life. Instead, use the above tips to help you overcome the fear and be an unstoppable public speaker.
Would You Like Me to Help You Improve Your Speaking?
Would you like to be a more confident speaker?
Would you like to master foundational speaking skills?
Would you develop more effective presentations?
Then keep reading.
This summer, I invite you to join an intrepid group of students as they begin their Public Speaking Superhero’s Journey.
You will learn:
- How to face your fears and overcome speaking anxiety.
- How to bring passion, authenticity and confidence to your presentations.
- How to develop an effective speech with clear organization, engaging stories and a touch of humor, when appropriate.
And so much more! I will show you how to unleash your inner speaking superpowers, how to develop an effective presentation and how to deliver it with ease.
Take Your First Step to Improving Your Speaking Skills
As part of this Founding member group, you’ll gain lifetime access to a special learning portal, a private Facebook group, and direct access to me. Future groups will not have as much personalized guidance.
This program is not for everyone, however. You need to
- Be prepared to face your fears and push your boundaries.
- Attend weekly group meetings (held on weekends to accommodate those who have day jobs).
- Commit to completing assignments in a timely manner.
- Provide feedback so that the program can give you better results.
You will also need to be able to invest in yourself and your project. Although this first group will receive a reduced fee for the program, it is still not inexpensive. In addition, the Founding Members’ group is open to the first 20 people who are accepted into the program. After those seats are filled, you can be put on a waiting list for next year’s group.
If you have heard your speaking call to adventure and are ready to start your quest to become a confident speaker, I invite you to set up your application call today. You don’t need to do this alone. Let me guide you on your quest.
NOTE: To make sure that you are serious about this opportunity, there is a $25 fee for scheduling this appointment. If you are accepted into the program, that fee will be applied to your total tuition. If this is not a good fit for you, I will happily refund the fee. If you miss your appointment, your fee is forfeit.
Don’t let speaking anxiety keep you from success.
Schedule your call today!
Want more information on how to overcome the fear of speaking? Check out my ultimate guide post.