- Have an immediate surge of fear and anxiety when you learn you need to do any public speaking or performing?
- Do everything you can to avoid giving presentations because of your fear of public speaking?
- Experience a dry mouth, shaky hands, nausea, fast pulse or sweat excessively when on stage?
- Feel guilty about missing opportunities due to your public speaking anxiety?
- Worry about losing the respect of your peers and co-workers from delivering a poor speech?
- Experience stress and suffer from anticipatory anxiety thinking about giving a speech or presentation?
- Feel self-conscious about speaking in front of a group of people?
These feelings do not have to control you. Anxiety about public speaking, or glossophobia, is so common as many as 75 % of people suffer from it. Even some of our most loved celebrities and performers suffer from this fear. By understanding the origin of your speaking anxiety, you can begin to overcome it.
Based on your previous negative and uncomfortable experiences with speaking and performing, a part of your brain called the amygdala that thinks it recognizes ‘danger’ and switches you into ‘fight or flight’ mode every time you find yourself in front of a group of people. That’s the pounding heart and the sweaty palms. Our body is trying to protect us, but it’s not very useful when you really want to be calm, relaxed, and clear-headed. By being aware of your body and it’s reaction to stressful situations, such as public speaking, you’ll be able to take control and use your nervous energy to deliver a powerful presentation.
Watch this nervous kid for a little comic relief ( sometimes the best medicine ) and stay tuned for tips and tricks to combat your speaking anxiety.