Public Speaking Expert
Most people have to speak in public at some point in their lives. Psychologists believe that speaking in front of a crowd is the number one fear of the average person. This fear prevents people from achieving their potential and taking full advantage of opportunities. When you’re in this situation, remember that your voice matters. If you’re able to tell your story, you can change somebody’s life.
Why Is the Fear of Public Speaking So Universal?
Whether it’s a business presentation, a best man speech, or an exam, many people find public speaking terrifying. During the speech, their heart is racing. They may feel nervous or jittery. Everyone has to deal with this fear at some level. If you understand the hidden causes of this problem, speaking in public will soon become a less stressful experience.
Scientists believe that the fear of speaking in public comes from our ancestors. When a crowd was gathering around them, they were usually removed from their position as tribal leaders. Talking in front of a group is often rated as more terrifying than death. For many people, this is a source of stress, nervousness, anxiety, and tension. The fear of disapproval is the primary fear behind social discomfort.
Before getting up in front of a crowd, you might be telling yourself: “Everybody will be looking for mistakes and judge me,” “Everyone will be laughing at me instead of laughing at my joke,” or “I will forget my words.” Thinking about these things creates images, memories, and feelings in your mind that generate anxiety. Psychologies teach us to counter these thoughts with more positive images and feelings in our subconscious.
Is It Possible to Overcome Fear?
The best way to overcome the stress and anxiety associated with public speaking is to add a positive variable for every negative fear. The most successful public speakers are those who can tell a story about what they’re trying to convey. Speak freely and share your experiences with your audience. Stop worrying what others may be thinking of you.
Always keep in mind that you don’t have to be perfect to succeed. That’s not what public speaking is all about. Speaking in public is a fun and exciting way to express yourself and help others. Having good public speaking skills can have huge payoffs in terms of your career. Don’t let your fears stop you being successful. If something goes wrong, take criticism positively. Perfection takes years of practice.
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