Glossophobia: the fear of speaking in public…
If you’ve ever experienced sweaty palms, a rapid heartbeat, or a cold feeling in the pit of your stomach just before you had to stand up in front of a group of people and make a speech, then you should know that you are not alone. Various surveys suggest that glossophobia is experienced by 75 to 80 per cent of people. In fact, a now-classic study conducted in 1973 discovered that people are more afraid of public speaking than of death. Ironically, that literally means most people at a funeral would prefer to be lying in the casket rather than giving the eulogy. Yet despite its much-hated status, the ability to speak publicly is a necessary skill for professional success.
As someone who speaks for a living, I am often asked for advice on how to overcome this fear. So much so, that back in 2004, I wrote an article specifically on this subject. Read the entire article here.
If you are a leader, you have to be able to compose your thoughts and deliver your message, sometimes to large groups of people? What are you doing to overcome speaker anxiety?