Learn about glossophobia, the fear of public speaking.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Did you know what is it that’s more scary than death and darkness to an average person? No, it’s not the fear of heights or even claustrophobia, the fear of confined spaces. It is actually the fear of speaking in public, also known as glossophobia!
You will notice that all fears are essentially called phobias, and that term is the suffixed part of the word glossophobia. So what
does phobia actually mean? The dictionary meaning of phobia is “an extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something”. Phobia by
itself is a word of Greek origin that means dread or fear. Glossa is also from Greek, and it means the tongue.
If you have some glossophobia, or even if you are terrified by speaking in public, then you are not alone. Many famous speakers suffered from this phobia, and they overcame these fears to become world famous speakers. Abraham Lincoln admitted that he had this phobia, and he was able to conquer it completely. In time, he became one of most well-known orators of his time. There are many others including Orville Wright, Thomas Edison, and Albert Einstein who were very shy of speaking in front of an audience. If so many of them could get over glossophobia, then certainly you can do it too!
Before we proceed further, you should know that this is not just an article on conquering glossophobia. Rather this is just an article that will create awareness about this phobia, and also provide you with encouragement to overcome this condition.
Talking about encouragement, you must realize that your best friends who will help you overcome glossophobia is comprised of your audience. That ’s not very reassuring for many speakers because for them the audience may be the primary reason for glossophobia in the first place! And getting over that myth is the most important step that you can therefore take. Remember that the audience is in attendance only because they want to hear you, and benefit from your ideas. They are not there to make you uncomfortable – in fact they are the reason why you are speaking in the first place! And if they did not want you to succeed, why would theyt take out some of their precious time and spend it with you?
That realization itself should encourage you. So how can you cure glossophobia? Here are some tips:
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