Speak Easy: Overcoming Public Speaking Fears

Monique Bradley MC

Speak Easy: Overcoming Public Speaking Fears

Have you ever felt your heart racing, palms sweating, and a knot forming in your stomach at the thought of speaking in front of an audience? If so, you’re not alone. This intense fear of public speaking, known as glossophobia, affects a staggering number of individuals, from seasoned professionals to public speaking novices. But why does this fear grip so many of us, and what can we do about it? In this video, I share four effective strategies to overcome glossophobia and reclaim your voice in any setting.

What is Glossophobia

Glossophobia, more commonly known as the fear of public speaking, is considered one of the most prevalent phobias, impacting an estimated 75% of the population to varying degrees. It’s a phenomenon that spans cultures, ages, and professions, suggesting that the fear of standing up and speaking out is a nearly universal challenge. But what lies at the root of this widespread fear?

At its core, glossophobia is driven by the fear of judgment or negative evaluation by others. The mere prospect of standing exposed in front of an audience, vulnerable to their scrutiny, can trigger a cascade of anxiety and self-doubt. This fear is deeply rooted in our evolutionary history, where being socially accepted and integrated within a group was crucial for survival. As a result, our brains are wired to avoid situations that could lead to social rejection, with public speaking often perceived as one such high-stakes scenario.

Furthermore, the pressure to perform flawlessly, compounded by the high visibility that comes with public speaking, can intensify these feelings of anxiety. The anticipation of making a mistake or not living up to expectations can lead to a cycle of negative self-talk and heightened stress, making the task of speaking publicly seem insurmountable.

Despite the grip that glossophobia can have on individuals, it’s important to remember that this fear is not insurmountable. With the right strategies and mindset, anyone can overcome their fear of public speaking and become a confident, effective communicator. In the video, I delve into four powerful ways to combat glossophobia:

  • Back yourself
  • Breathe
  • Pace
  • And Practice

I also share how to implement these tips and WHY they work.

By understanding the root causes of glossophobia and applying these strategies, anyone can move from fear to fearlessness in the realm of public speaking. Remember, the journey to overcoming the fear of public speaking is a personal one, and progress takes time and patience. However, with perseverance and the right approach, the fear of public speaking can become a thing of the past.

And if you need help or want to take your speaking to the next level, get in touch! I run workshops, trainings and deliver one to one coaching to help you become a better, more confident speaker and communicator. Together, we’ll explore these strategies in more detail, offering practical advice and support to help you face and overcome your fear of public speaking, learn the art and craft of business storytelling or help you become an amazing keynote speaker in your own right! Take the first step towards finding your voice and sharing your stories with the world…..reach out. Let’s chat.

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