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Is public speaking your biggest fear?

It amazes me how many people can’t speak because of paralyzing fear that runs though them at the thought of stand up in front of people, this actually has a name ”Glossophobia” or speech anxiety is the fear of public speaking. The word glossophobia derives from the Greek γλῶσσα glōssa, meaning tongue, and φόβος phobos, fear or dread. Some people have this specific phobia, while others may also have broader social phobia or social anxiety disorder.

I don’t know about you but, when I have to deliver a speech, it doesn’t matter how well I know that speech, because lets be honest, when you’re at home your a badass who at this and your going to show everyone that your the next high TEDx talker, it’s all fun and games when your looking in the mirror isn’t it?

Now let’s talk about when your on the the stage or better still, waiting for your turn. For the the person who stuffers from Glossophobia or fear anxiety, this can be the worse part of your speech.

I know that once the the person in front has finished there last line its my turn. It’s quite funny really, because it’s exciting and I always feel on a high once I have done it.

I was once told that the anxiety is excitement and if you breathe heavily for a few minutes, it will pass. When your up there it isn’t to bad, I do know people who literally see everything swirling around in front of them, mad isn’t it.

But it can also be overcome, by practising and speaking at multiple events. Feeling the fear and doing it anyway. Get up and keep getting up until its the most natural thing in the world, don’t let the fear stop you.

Be the best speaker you can be and have fun and smile.

Here are 5 top tips on becoming a better speaker

1. Don’t memorize your lines.

2. Practice in a noisy room.

3. Embrace audio and visuals.

4. Focus on serving the audience.

5. Make it interactive

top tips from CNBC.com


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