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Fear of Public Speaking

November 17, 2012 @ 4:29 pm
by Tania
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Fear of Public Speaking

Fear of public speaking is often referred to by many different names, including: Performance Anxiety; Stage Fright; Panic; Phobia of Public Speaking; Speech Anxiety; Speech Phobia; Shyness. The article below gives information on this condition as well as identifying some of the most effective techniques for treating it.

One Of The Most Common Fears

It is recognized as the greatest fear in America and the UK, even greater than the fear of dying

Increasing Exposure Due To Western Work Practices

Increasingly in modern western society we are being called upon more and more to speak in front of our colleagues in the work environment. Although for some people this is not an issue, for many it is a daunting experience. With the continued exposure to this anxiety it only serves to reinforce the fear. In the most extreme cases this can result in the person having a panic attack. Once this occurs, they may even develop a fear of having further panic attacks. This can lead to a situation where they may be feeling stressed on a constant basis, which can of course lead to further problems.

Blushing can also result in a person experiencing extreme stress giving presentations. It can lead to avoidance of all situations in which the person may feel they are likely to blush. It can also lead to the individual limiting their conversation in an attempt to avoid any topic that might cause them to blush. The more they fear blushing, the more the very thoughts bring about what they are trying to avoid.

How Do People Develop A Fear Of Public Speaking?

We all have a natural in-built survival instinct, which is called the “fight or flight” response. When the mind senses that we are in danger, certain physiological changes occur within the body. These allow us to run quickly, or to fight our way out of a situation in order for us to survive. The problem is that public speaking is not really a threat to your survival, but that your brain has associated the experience with a perceived threat. Therefore every time you re-experience the threatening stimuli, the fight or flight response is automatically triggered.

People can often experience a multitude of symptoms, including:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Inability to speak
  • Shaky voice
  • Sweating
  • Rapid breathing
  • Nausea
  • Blushing
  • Shaking hands

It is very difficult to be an effective public speaker if you are experiencing the above feelings.

How can the Fear be removed?

Fear is experienced because the mind has associated public speaking with a threat to your survival. Typically Cognitive/ behavioral therapy is used with the British NHS, but in my experience there are far more effective techniques. NLP, Timeline Therapy™, EFT™ and TAT™ are some of the most effective, simple and fast techniques available in the world today. By utilizing these methods, fast, effective results can be achieved.

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