Does the thought of public speaking scare you?
Dry mouth? Clammy hands? Palpatations? Mind gone blank? Jelly legs? Stuttering?
How many of these kind of symptoms have you been mentally planning to have when you speak in public?
That in itself could be the problem. You get more of what you plan for, you get better at the things you practise. Is it time to learn how to practise the solution rather than the problem?
Some of the places people struggle most with public speaking are:
- Wedding speeches
- Presentations at work
- Job interviews
The UK's number one phobia is the fear of public speaking, or so it is said. Having a fear of speaking in public can be debilitating. I have seen people whose careers have been put on hold because of their fear of public speaking.
For others they have been incapable of putting themselves in a position where there might be the possibility of having to talk to more than three people at a time.
Many of the people with public speaking anxiety cover up their fear or use ingenious methods to avoid situations where they might have to speak publicly. Some delegate the task, some don't apply for jobs where there may be the need to speak publicly while others feign illness to get out of it.
For the vast majority of these people, just like you, they never get to feel any better about their situation. If anything, most feel worse and less able to beat their fear as time passes.
This video very nicely illustrates what stage fright is all about. You might find that you have done some of the same things this guy has done. The great news is that it tackled and it IS possible to feel better - just like Joe in the video did.
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Hypnotherapy Could Be The Answer To Your Public Speaking Nerves
You have been practising feeling bad or lacking in confidence about public speaking. But just imagine for a moment if you had spent that same amount of time imagining your success. How good at public speaking would you be if you had rehearsed over and over again being successful? You almost certainly wouldn't be reading this page right now if you had.
A fear of public speaking is usually made up of several components. These vary between individuals but many people with a fear of public speaking have a combination of these factors to some degree:
- Looking forward with dread
- An internal voice that pours doubt on your ability
- Previous attempts at public speaking that did not go as you wish they had
What else could you do to increase your public speaking confidence?
Once you have tackled your phobia of public speaking through the power of hypnotherapy you could then work on developing your skills. Beating your phobia is a great first step but through further practice and training you could go from being a happier public speaker to being a great public speaker!
You might consider public speaking lessons or joining public speaking groups. These could all help you to further develop your ability once the phobia has been beaten.