DOES THE IDEA OF SPEAKING IN FRONT OF A CROWD MAKE YOU SHUDDER?

Fear Of Public Speaking

If so, you aren’t alone. I used to be afraid to speak up in public too.

But I overcame my fears and now I teach others to do the same as a professional public speaking coach. this guide is here to help you understand why you fear public speaking and what you can do about it.

You can go from hiding in the wings to taking center stage, it just takes a little practice.

If you are looking to step up your public speaking game, then you’ll love this guide.

Let’s dive right in.


CONTENT

Chapter 1

WHY WE FEAR PUBLIC SPEAKING

WHAT'S GOING ON

Chapter 2

WHAT'S GOING ON

The Struggle Is Real

Chapter 3

THE STRUGGLE IS REAL

YOUR NO-FEAR SPEAKING PLAN

Chapter 4

YOUR NO-FEAR SPEAKING PLAN

You may have heard about the studies saying that some people fear public speaking more than death.

The truth is, most people don’t fear public speaking more than death.

In the 2017 Chapman Survey of American Fears, government corruption, oil spills, and identity theft all ranked higher than both public speaking and death on people’s “afraid or very afraid” lists. (Death was number 48 on the list and public speaking was number 52.)

But just because public speaking isn’t the worst thing you can imagine doesn’t mean you look forward to or seek out opportunities to take the stage.

So why would people want to avoid public speaking?

Uncovering why we are so afraid of public speaking

Just as not everybody has the same level of aversion to public speaking, not everybody has the same reason for avoiding it. Researchers believe there are several different factors that contribute to our natural tendency to avoid putting ourselves out there through public speaking.

Here’s a list of four public speaking fears based on those factors. One or more of them may be the cause of your speech anxiety.

But don’t worry, I’ll give you some solutions to these fears later in this guide.


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Throwback Fear

When you stand up to speak, even among friends, you stand out from the crowd. Of course, in modern times, that’s the whole idea.

You want to stand up and be noticed.

But imagine what it was like when human beings faced danger from predators.

Your primal brain knows that when there’s danger present, creatures who stand out and make noise don’t survive long.

So when you begin thinking about making a speech, there’s a part of your brain that’s yelling NO! You’re going to get us eaten!

Vulnerability Fear

Vulnerability Fear

This fear is similar to the throwback fear but based in the present.

When you take to the stage, you are physically on display. Everyone is looking at you and can see your every flaw--or at least that’s what your brain is telling you. And it isn’t just your physical presence that is under scrutiny. You are also putting your words and ideas out there to be judged.

To be any kind of public performer requires a willingness to open yourself up to others’ criticism. Yuck! Right?







Uncertainty Fear

Uncertainty fear

This fear is particularly powerful when you don’t speak in public often or are speaking to an unfamiliar group.

As human beings we crave certainty.

I mean, who wants to be caught off guard in front of an audience?

The fewer details you know about the who, what, when, and where of your speaking engagement, the more stressed you will feel about it.

Unpreparedness Fear

You know the saying, failing to prepare is preparing to fail.

You aren’t going to feel secure about your presentation or speech if you haven’t studied the materials so that you know what you’re talking about.

Of course, sometimes practicing in advance isn’t an option.

You’ll also feel the effects of unpreparedness if someone asks you for an impromptu presentation or speech. In those instances, your preparation is learning how to stay cool under pressure.


Unpreparedness Fear

In the next chapter, I’ll share tips to help you recognize which type of fear you are dealing with. Are you ready to raise your self-awareness and become less self-conscious about public speaking?

Let’s go!