Do you suffer from fear of public speaking? Here are 10 fears that causes of speech anxiety that you need to deal with in order to speak with confidence in the public!
According to psychologist, speech anxiety ranks higher than death as the fear people mention most often! So if you fear speaking in public more than riding an escalator, you’re certainly not alone. Speech jitters still ranks high the world over on lists of things people would rather not do. But what specifically causes this type of social anxiety?
Glossophobia, or what is commonly referred to as speech anxiety can, in simpler terms, be described as the fear of speaking in public. The objective of this article is to help you deal with your speech anxiety before it develops into more serious conditions such as social anxiety disorder. Not to worry though, speech anxiety is a common problem affecting millions across the globe. And while you may not be afraid to speak in public, you’ll still be uncomfortable with the idea if you’re not used to it.
The only way to ensure perfect enthusiasm and confident is to remove the cause of misdirection and see that the controlling emotions against fear is the right one; just as a driver must learn to handle his gears skillfully before he is safe on the road. Gradually he gains self confidence.
The 8 fears that causes speech anxiety in public speaking:
1. Fear of the unknown: This fear springs from two sources, ignorance or the technique of speaking and unfamiliarity with the actual delivery, and it’s removal depends on the study of the science of the mind and practice
2. Fear of Being Misunderstood: A creative mind intent on conveying a message is afraid that the message will not register as intended, and can only be reassured by a reasoned plan, notes or some effective mind direction. If this is not available, muddle ideas become mental stammering and fear assume control, driving it’s unhappy victim to repeat the same point instead of moving on swiftly and smoothly to the next stage.
3. Fear of the Audience: This fear is destroyed by adjustment to audiences, through courage, cheerfulness, tact, patience and immigration.
4. Fear of Being Inaudible: Learn to handle the tools of your trade, especially the use of your lips, tongue, teeth, jaw and the roof of your mouth, the expert has a sure touch and knows he can rely on his skills, so he has no fear of failure.
5. Fear of physical reaction: The first plunge into public speaking often reveals unexpected physical strain imposed on the nervous system. Muscles controlling your lungs, your body, breathing may have to be practised to restore stability and confidence in yourself.
6. Fear of oneself: Modesty which conjures up imaginary faults, conceit which is concerned with the effect on the audience, or imagination which pictures an all knowing questioner in the audience can release this fear and create nervousness. Mental concentration is the weapon to slay it, as a mind which is absorbed in developing an interesting argument will not be distracted by these fanciful idea.
7. Fear from Past Failures: Public speaking anxiety is often learned behavior. That is, at some point in the past you failed, and the seed of self-doubt was planted. But if you know your stuff and are prepared this time, there’s no reason for things to go south like they did in the long ago. Not unless you insist that will happen, and believe it. Plan to succeed instead.
8. Fear of appearing nervous: Do you fear that you’ll look fearful? Many speakers do. It’s easy, then, to believe that if the audience sees those nerves, they’ll think you don’t know your topic. But of course the two aren’t linked. When you see that a speaker is nervous, don’t you sympathize, rather than making a judgment on that person’s professionalism? If anything, your audience will extend you sympathy not resistance.
Above all I would recommend you to practice and accept challenges of nervousness gladly and confidently banish these fears forever.