If you suffer from Glossophobia – or a fear of public speaking – you are not only. It may come as a surprise to you, but this is a feat that is actually quite common. In fact, it has actually been estimated that approximately 75% of the population has some sort of anxiety associated with public speaking. This fear can range from mild to severe, but being that this fear is so common – regardless of the severity – why is it that so many people suffer from a fear of public speaking? Let’s have a look:
What will others think? For most people who suffer from a fear of public speaking, they are afraid of what others will think of them as they are speaking. While you are speaking, you are going to be viewed by other people and what you say, how you act and how you sound will help those in the audience to formulate an opinion of you. It is a natural human instinct to want to be accepted by others and if you do a poor job with your public speaking performance, you may fear what others will think of you and that they won’t accept you.
A lack of knowledge. When you are speaking in public, whether for a class, for work or for any other reason, whatever it is, you want to come across as an expert and as someone who is highly knowledgeable. Your fear of public speaking may be related to the fact that you feel as if you are not knowledgeable enough on the topic at hand, which will, in turn, make you seem unprofessional, inexperienced and otherwise unknowledgeable.
Tripping up. Another reason why so many people fear speaking in public is because they are afraid that they will trip up; in other words, they are afraid that they will speak too fast, forget what they are supposed to say or that something else will happen that will make them trip over their words. A fear of tripping up when speaking in public is linked to the fear of what others will think of you and a the fear of not being knowledgeable enough on the topic at hand and it can certainly lead to an overall fear of speaking in public.
Understanding your fears is an important part of combating your fears of public speaking. With the Confident Speaking Course, you will gain an insight into your fears and discover how you can overcome them.