75% of people experience feelings ranging between mild resistance and full-blown terror at the thought of public speaking.

Chances are, you’ve heard a few people expressing their overwhelming fear of public speaking. In fact, more people fear public speaking – by a pretty sizeable amount.

A 1973 study, found that 41 percent of adults surveyed were afraid of public speaking, compared to the 19 percent who said they feared death.

These statistics were again reiterated in a 2000 Gallup Poll, where 40 percent of those polled expressed an immense fear of public speaking. According to this specific poll, public speaking was the second most common fear among participants, falling behind the fear of snakes.

The Fear of Public Speaking

Glossophobia (speech anxiety) is the fear of public speaking. Whether it’s presenting a PowerPoint to a handful of colleagues or speaking to hundreds of people, the thought of public speaking causes overwhelming anxiety in many people. The fear of public speaking can manifest in many forms ranging from breaking out into a cold sweat to enduring sleepless nights leading up to the presentation.

In short, fear of public speaking resides deep within our subconscious mind. Essentially, our subconscious mind is the warehouse where we store our vast collection of desires, beliefs, and memories. Without even realising it, we can develop strong opinions on how we feel about various things in life – to include public speaking and our confidence in our public speaking abilities. The challenge lies in untangling these thoughts and replacing them with new, more helpful information.

 

Why is Public Speaking So Difficult?

We talk to people every day. We talk to our family, our friends, and our colleagues. Many of us even strike up the occasional conversation with a random stranger in the checkout line. However, place most of us in front of an audience, whether it’s a dozen or thousand, and we freeze up.

 

Generally speaking, there are three different reasons we fear public speaking:

1- Evolutionary Trait – The fear of public speaking is deeply rooted in our evolutionary development. Since the dawn of man, our brains are constantly thinking about survival. Through the course of thousands of years, we have evolved to become skillful at recognising threats. When we recognize a threat, our bodies respond with the fight or flight response. Essentially, when you are speaking in front of a group of people, regardless of the size, you can not flee. You are stuck.

2- Self Perpetuating Fear – Negative thinking patterns (before, during and after your speech), can derail your performance. Your thoughts get in the way. You’ve memorised your notes and prepared for the big event. But what if you mess up? What if you forget a word? As we become nervous about speaking in front of people, we fuel our fear with self-doubts. These feelings of self-doubt can become heightened when combined with a negative experience. Over time, these self-sabotaging, irrational, negative thoughts become embedded and reinforced.

3- Fear of Failure – Up until you step in front of your audience, your mind races. Your thoughts are all over the place, which makes you lose focus. You have become lost “in your head.” Unfortunately, when we become lost in our heads, our nervousness amplifies. When we become nervous, we also become distracted, stumble over words, and lose our train of thought.

 

AB Mindworks

During a state of hypnosis, our minds become much more receptive to new information. We listen to suggestions and we file them away in the subconscious, and they are more likely to stick. Public Speaking Hypnotherapy works with the unconscious mind to quickly and efficiently determine the root cause of your fear.  Designed to change how you think, hypnotherapy will identify any memories held in your mind that are causing you to experience feelings of panic, anxiety, and fear about speaking in public.

With the assistance of your hypnotherapist, you will process your memories to prevent them from triggering fear in the future. Together, you learn to identify anxiety patterns and triggers, as well as learn key skills to help you respond differently in the future.

With the help of Annie Browne and her team at AB Mindworks, you will regain control and overcome your fear of public speaking so you can enjoy the experience talking calmly, naturally and confidently.