What is Glossophobia?
Glossophobia is the fear of public speaking. It is one of the most common of fears.
If the thought of speaking to a group evoke fear, make you sweat, and get your heart pounding? Then you most likely have glossophobia – the fear of public speaking.
Speaking in front of a group of seemingly strange audience, or a close group of friends, or even in front of a superior, is what triggers the anxiety for the speaker. The speaker may be comfortable if they speak in front of a group of complete strangers, but when it comes to speaking in front of friends, their anxiety skyrockets and vice versa. Some speakers are more comfortable speaking to smaller groups, while some are more comfortable in larger groups.
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You can overcome glossophobia and uplift your self confidence level with these tips.
If you’re seeking to overcome glossophobia, practice. Bring together a group of close family and friends and rehearse on them. Try speaking to smaller groups and take it up from there. The number of people doesn’t really matter. If you are very familiar with the subject of discussion, you’re pre-speaking fear will greatly be reduced.
2. Avoid stuffing the Words in your head
Mastering the art of public speaking comes not from memorizing your entire speech word to word. Try knowing your material by remembering the key points, sub topics and illustrations to cover.
3. Belly breathe
The pivotal moment of public speaking is the few minutes before you take the podium. You can get rid of this initial agitation by belly breathing. That is breathing deeply with your belly. It helps reduce tension. It is the tactic used by most athletes by visualizing a successful outcome and exhaling deeply.
4. Pick a focal point
It would greatly help if you choose a focal point. Single out someone in the audience and direct your speech to him. Look person in the eye to ease your tension and connect with your audience.
You could also get friendly with this person. Itd help you coordinate and relate with the general audience as if you are relating with a friend.
5. Make your speech engaging and interactive
Creating a monologue speech puts the entire task of informing and entertaining the audience on you. Make your talk a two-way interaction with questions and inputs from the audience to reduce boredom and relax the audience. Getting your audience involved also gives you time to reorganize your thoughts if things are going off track. It could also present you with beautiful ideas that would enrich your presentation.
6. Do it ALWAYS
Your fear will evaporate over time if you take the centre stage very frequently. Practice makes prefect. If you can seize every public speaking opportunity and not shy away from it you will be amazed how good you get eventually.