Glossophobia: The fear of public speaking

Glossophobia: The fear of public speaking

Everything about Glossophobia: The fear of public speaking

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I remember I was being taunted by my mom for not speaking on stage at the Independence Day programme in school. They said, I was a shy boy, but I was never found being shy among my friends, in fact, I was the one who used to talk to girls for other boys as well. I didn’t know it then neither did I knew till a few days ago. I am suffering from Glossophobia. Yes, this is the truth, a man who tries to influence people has a fear of public speaking. But I am curious, which pushes me to find the solution to heal me and guess what, I can see changes within and now I am confidently gonna speak in front of a huge crowd. I am on my way to face the biggest fear of in life, let’s get you added through this blog.

What is Glossophobia?

Glossophobia or speech anxiety is the fear of public speaking. It is a kind of phobia of public speaking that can happen to any individual in the world, and at any age. This can happen while speaking in front of a huge audience, classroom, session, or sometimes even in your close group of friends. The nervousness strikes, when it come to speaking.

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According to research, Glossophobia is the feeling of nervousness, dread and concern, along with discomfort. It is estimated that almost 70% of the population sight degrees of experience nervousness and anxiety when it comes to speaking in public. On the other hand, this becomes the biggest fear in life. Fear of speaking in public an lead to some serious issues within, which might lead to some seriously detrimental effects on the life of an individual, which can be related to the personal life of the individual or can be the reason to underachieve in their career, or even lead to a career change in often cases.

For example: If you want to be a policeman, or a teacher, or any other officer, or a writer, or maybe you wanna be a politician and reshape the nation, you must have a quality to convince people with your words. Your prime duty will be to interact with your audiences and to do so, you will first have to get rid of your fear of public speaking. Otherwise, you will have to change your career. This is how your fear of public speaking intrigues you for a career change. So, treatment of this phobia is very important and that too at the right time.

Causes of Glossophobia

Glossophobia is a phobia, hence most of its causes are related to the brain. This generally starts from childhood and is followed in adulthood. This phobia can arise due to some combination of genetic combinations and other biological, environmental factors, along with psychology. Almost all the people who have a fear of public speaking, have a real fear of being embarrassed in public or being rejected.

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In various cases, Glossophobia is a result of an incident in the past that might have created a harsh impact on the mind of a person. For example, if a person is asked to speak in a group or on a stage, with no chances of any advance preparations, there are chances that the speech doesn’t go well. This incident could give birth to Glossophobia.

Symptoms of Glossophobia

Glossophobia has a variety of symptoms, but most of it is those inside the brain, which causes some changes in physical behaviour. Here is a list of symptoms of the fear of Glossophobia –

  • Anxiety arises with the thought of speaking in public
  • Nausea, while facing the decision of speaking in public
  • Dry mouth; it is one of the most common symptoms of Glossophobia and also occurs while any other kind of nervousness.
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased perspiration
  • Muscle stiffness in the upper back portion

Overcoming fear of public speaking

“Where there is a will, there is a way” It is not possible that you haven’t heard of this quote. Glossophobia is also something that requires a will to be cured. You have a fear of public speaking, which means your mind doesn’t love speaking in public. So, what you’ve got to do is that make your mind love public speaking. And to do this, you surely will have to choose the psychotic method, in which you can play with your mind and convince it, make it believe that what you speak is the best, it’s the only thing that your listeners want to listen. However, there are methods like medication, which have been proved successful in some extreme cases.

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Psychotherapy

CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) is one of the most common methods in psychotherapy, used for overcoming fear of public speaking. This is a very simple method used by the therapists to find the root cause of your anxiety, and then help you to overcome fear of public speaking. For example, you may discover that you were mocked in your school while speaking on stage. This might be the reason you have a fear of public speaking.

Now that you know, that why do you have public speaking anxiety, you can easily train your mind to handle all those thoughts and reshape the way you think on the stage.

Silver Newton's Balance Ball therapy in glossophobia

Medications

Medicines are used to treat very severe cases of Glossophobia. When the therapy doesn’t work, you would have to go for medications for overcoming fear of public speaking.

Beta-blockers are used to control the physical symptoms of Glossophobia, like blood pressure, nausea and others. Glossophobia cases depression, so anti-depressants are prescribed to control depression. In severe cases, if the anxiety starts affecting the daily life of an individual, benzodiazepines are given to the person.

Important points to keep in mind while speaking in public

1. Script your speech

When you know what to speak, you focus on bringing out the confident side of you, hidden somewhere inside, rather thinking of your next lines. With a scripted speech, you can be prompt, which would boost up your confidence and throw out your fear of public speaking.

2. Rehearse before you perform

It is really very bad to be nervous on stage and be overconfident. So, understand yourself and rehearse before you perform on stage. You can really get unexpected results through this method. Just look into the mirror and speak, like the mirror is your audience.

3. Do be apologetic

More than 40%of your listeners are glossophobic themselves, so there is no need to apologise to them for being nervous on stage. It is completely okay to be nervous while speaking in public. So, stop apologising and accept yourself on the stage.

4. Do not overthink

While speaking in public, overthinking is a very common thing to happen. There are times when you think people are being weirded out at your words, and this is when you start being embarrassed and ruin your speech resulting in developing a fear of public speaking. You have to avoid this. It is not that the people in public gets weirded out at what you speak. You can’t really affirm what is happening to them. There are a lot of things that might be running in their mind. So, just be confident and speak, rather overthinking about what people will think.

5. Ignore

Not all the time your public speaking is gonna be great. There are times when you get really very unsupportive audience. This is when you don’t have to let yourself down. This is the time you need to pull up your confidence, which you can just do by ignoring them and focusing on those who are actually there to listen to you.

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These are some of the tried and tested points that can help you be the star while speaking in public. I have tried them on myself and now I am able to speak at any platform or group.

I hope my experiences, shared in this article are useful for you as well. Please do share your experiences about your glossophobic experiences. Also, you can share your phobia in the comment section, maybe I might be helpful, cuz I had a lot of them and I am left with a few now.

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2 Replies to “Glossophobia: The fear of public speaking”

  1. Thank you so much Nikhil… This is really helping. From the beginning itself, I can see the new me. Amazing article. Love you for this,,♥️🖤

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