Speech Anxiety is believed to be the single most common phobia affecting as much as 75% of the population. Anyone who tells us they have little or no fear is either lying, or just loves to hear themselves to talk. Without any anxiety at all about your upcoming presentation it’s almost guaranteed you will give a dull performance. They are many reasons why people have a fear of speaking in public, I selected just three of them:

The first reason we can name as being judged. Fear of being watched and judged by others and being embarrassed by one’s own actions, we worry what we look and sound like, and some of us have anxiety attacks. We don’t want to embarrass ourselves, especially in front of peers. People feel uncomfortable when others are forming an opinion of them. Public speaking often intimidates people and produces a high level of stress and fear.

Secondly public speaking also runs the risk of rejection. There are times when speakers pour their heart and soul into a message and the people listening fail to respond or worse reject the message. Being “not listened” when we try to perform our projects, ideas or feelings can cause frustration and later, even worse, anxiety or depression.

Finally we can point out insecurity as an important reason of public fear. Most people feel insecure when everyone is staring at them or sometimes just as bad when one or two people are not staring at them. When you are standing in front of a large group of people it can feel like you are exposing your inner truths to them even when you aren’t saying anything important.

Many people find public speaking very stressful; some people even develop full scale phobias to the point where even the thought of having to speak in front of an audience can cause them great anxiety. People have quit jobs rather than give a public presentation. However, most people have never had any training for public speaking, so if effect, they are facing the unknown! And one thing that again most people have in common is fear of the unknown. Training in public presentation and speaking can pay huge dividends.




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