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Glossophobia

March 20, 2008

If I asked you what glossophobia is, would you be able to tell me?

I can tell you that it’s not the fear of wearing lip gloss but the fear of speaking in public.

75% of  people claim that they would rather die than speak in public. I think if I gave people the option of “the electric chair” or “the microphone”, most people would choose the microphone.

So why do we have this fear?

Most of the time the fear is not about speaking but about the judgements from others.

  • What if I make a fool of myself?
  • What if I forget what I am talking about?
  • What if everyone can see how nervous I am?
  • What if things go wrong?

The best way to overcome your fear is to write down all of your concerns and then write down what is the worst possible outcome.

So for example: if you wrote down – what if I forget what I am going to say – the worst thing that could happen is that you would have to refer to your notes, find your place and then you could continue with your speech.

Once you have written down your concerns and the worst possible outcomes, you’ll see that things aren’t as bad as you first thought. Sometimes we need to push our own personal boundaries and stretch ourselves in new and interesting directions.

As Susan Jeffers wrote “feel the fear and do it anyway”

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