Fear of Public Speaking
The number one fear in our society is that of public speaking. If you have landed on this page, chances are you suffer from this fear as well.
In fact, if you’re reading this page, chances are, you have to give a speech, and you’re not feeling too comfortable with it… and that’s probably quite the understatement…
But it doesn’t have to be that way… and EffectivelySpeaking.Com is here to help. You’ll find articles on overcoming your fear as well as preparing your speech, delivering your speech and leadership.
Take a deep breath. Relax and know that you are among friends. The articles on this site have helped many people, and they can help you. In addition, I will also provide you resources to help you deliver a winning speech with confidence.
Pour yourself a coffee (or beverage of your choice), get comfortable, and have a look around. You are sure to find some articles that will help.
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield gives a phenomenal talk about fear. Although he doesn't talk about public speaking, the advice he gives with regards to spiders is so true. In fact it covers to points that I have been making for years: a) the fear of the unknown is often worse than what the worst possible outcome is, and b) you can reprogram your subconscious by taking small steps.
The personal situation he describes (going blind while on a spacewalk) and the way he deals with it can be a model to help us all put our fears in perspective
Toastmasters International is an organization that is dedicated to assisting individuals to become public speakers and leaders. This is accomplished through a series of local clubs throughout the world. Toastmasters clubs offer a safe environment in which you can practice the speaking skills that you are learning and be exposed to new skills.
I highly recommend investigating a Toastmasters club near you.
To find out more about Toastmasters International you can visit their website at http://www.toastmasters.org. Among the wealth of information that they have at their site, you can perform a search to find a local club.
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Maybe the Fear of Public Speaking Doesn't Sound So Bad After All
I recently came across an article about phobias. There definitely are a lot of them - but I have never read about hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia.
You can see the article here:
Now we can get completely overwhelmed (perhaps even phobic) about the number of fears that are out there. Alternatively, we can draw some comfort from them. After all…
Public Speaking is the number one fear of our society – but why is that? After all, if we are objective we have to admit that it is not the worst thing that might happen.
Jerry Seinfeld observed that an internet search would reveal that public speaking is the number one fear of our society while death only makes it to number six. It stands to reason then that if you have to go to a funeral it is better to be in the coffin then delivering the eulogy.
Something is out of place here. Should we really be more afraid of speaking than of death – and if I am correct that we have a mis-perception and how did we get this way?
We often talk about the fear of public speaking but do we stop to think about what we are really afraid of? I would suggest that for most people it is not the act of speaking that is the problem – after all, most of us don’t have a problem speaking. Whether it is talking with one other person or in a group of friends, being afraid is not a common problem – in fact most of us need to stop speaking and listen more..
So if we are not afraid of speaking, then there must be some other component that makes us afraid of “public speaking” – could it be the “public”?