What Is Glossophobia and How Can You Overcome It?
Are you one of those who are really scared of speaking in public?
Well, you may be suffering from glossophobia (fear of public speaking) and you don’t even know it! Nervousness is one thing and phobia is another.
Feeling nervous or stressed right before you go out and speak in public is normal. However, a phobia is a deeper term that is also considered a disease or excessive fear of something. Up to 75% of the population is thought to suffer from glossophobia or the fear of public speaking.
If you wish to dive deep into the condition and learn of ways to overcome it, read on!
What is Glossophobia?
Glossophobia can also be called a social anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders extend beyond temporary anxiety or apprehension. From small jitters to paralyzing anxiety and terror, the symptoms can vary person to person. Glossophobia sufferers may eventually face detrimental effects on their mental health and success at work or school.
Symptoms of Glossophobia
Sometimes you may be suffering from the symptoms of glossophobia, but due to inadequate knowledge, you are unaware of it. Here are some telltale signs to show that you have glossophobia –
- Excessive sweating
- Rapid heartbeat
- Shortness of breath
- Urge to leave the place immediately
How Can You Overcome Glossophobia?
As serious as you may think the condition is, it is, however, treatable. There are several ways you can overcome the fear of public speaking and eventually emerge as a confident public speaker –
- If we speak medically, psychotherapy, medications like beta-blockers or antidepressants, and some herbal remedies can effectively combat glossophobia.
- Next, to avoid unnecessary anxiety on stage, you must always choose a topic you are comfortable speaking on. Focus especially on the introduction because this is when you will probably feel the most anxious.
- To overcome your fear, recite your speech in front of your friends and family at least 2-3 times before going public. First, practice it in front of the mirror and then speak it out in front of people. Do not forget to take feedback from your friends and family.
- Always reach early at the venue. Once you have arrived at the location, get familiar with the space and the stage. Also, avoid caffeine or food before speaking. Also, if you are using any electronic like a microphone, use it beforehand and ensure that all electronics are working fine.
- Before you get to the podium, try some meditation or simply deep breathing. It will help calm your mind.
- Good positive energy is the key to a good event; therefore, you should visualize a successful presentation. Your optimism can help alleviate your negative feelings about how you behave in social situations as well as your anxiety.
- While speaking, try not to show it to people, and always remember that nervousness while talking is fine. Most people face this too! If you come across any audience members, smile and look them in the eye. Take full advantage of any chance you get to talk to them for a little while. If necessary, remember to take a few slow, deep breaths to relax.
Public speaking is one of many circumstances where feeling nervous or anxious is normal. You can easily overcome the challenge with proper practice, some therapy, and a little bit of confidence.
The few ways to tackle glossophobia as mentioned above can help you emerge as a better public speaker!
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– Divas Gupta