One of the most widespread phobias is glossophobia, or the fear of public speaking. Usually, we use social anxiety or stage fright to describe the fear of speaking in front of a lot of people. Speaking in front of an audience can be nerve-wrecking for some people, and this stress may cause them to experience the crippling anxiety. Some glossophobics experience physically crippling symptoms that go along with their speech fear. Lack of self-worth or a fear of being criticised, ashamed, or rejected.
Do you know that you can actually work on reducing your fear of public speaking? For people with glossophobia, there are several coping skills accessible, ranging from public speaking techniques to counselling.
Keep your eyes right
If you're addressing a sizable crowd, glance just past their line of vision. That will give the impression that you're gazing at everyone while also providing you with the personal convenience of not continually being reminded of the intimidating size of the crowd. Find just that person in a smaller group who is looking you in the eye and listening intently to everything you say. Chat with them. They'll boost your self-assurance while you give your speech. The person in the crowd who is distracted by their phone will ultimately distract you as well - avoid them.
Bullet points will be your friends through it all
While it may be tempting to write out your speech in its entirety and read from a prepared script, speaking to your audience directly will make your remarks appear more authentic. If you're giving a memorised speech, it won't matter if you're not reading from a piece of paper; you'll still sound stiff. This does not mean that you cannot record anything. You can effectively aid in your memory by using index cards with bullet points.
Breathing exercises for tricking your anxiety
Before giving a speech in front of an audience, relaxation techniques including breathing exercises can help relax the body and mind. Try taking calm, deep breaths if you experience a spike in anxiety or other negative sensations. Breathe in via your nose for 5 seconds, hold for 3 seconds, and then exhale for six seconds through your mouth. Continue doing this practise until you experience your body unwind and your ability to think clearly returns.
Fake your confidence
Despite the fact that it can seem simpler stated than done, it's not as challenging as you might imagine. It is acceptable to feel scared or anxious because we are all human. Remember that the audience you will be speaking to has experience addressing large gatherings. As long as you don't make it obvious that you made a mistake, you shouldn't worry about pronouncing words incorrectly or skipping them. No matter how your speech turns out, be proud of yourself for having the courage to speak in front of a public.
Transform your negative energy into positive actions
Nobody often considers this, yet it may make a huge difference to turn your worried energy into enthusiasm. Even if it might sound a little weird, after reading this blog, we should all give becoming hyped and thrilled before a presentation some thought. Nobody wants to sit through a dull presentation, so if you're anything like me and enjoy caffeine, it can be your go-to for some energy beforehand. Additionally, keep in mind that you don't want to overexcite yourself or appear unduly animated during your presentation!
Do not rush
You're going to want to speak quickly, which will give you the impression that you could make a mistake at any time. It's a cliché, but it's wise to take your time when presenting. Therefore, take it more gradually. Also, remember to observe silent periods. Give your audience around four times as long to respond if you ask a question in an effort to pique their interest. Every presentation can benefit from a little silence. You want them to fully process all you've said.
Reactions can be positive or negative so do not worry
Most likely, it's not all that horrible. The greatest strategy to lessen the force of your fear is to consider what is creating your anxiety. Are you concerned that you'll lose your job or be demoted? that individuals will laugh? Try to picture the worst-case situation while closing your eyes. You won't believe how inflated those thoughts have undoubtedly grown. You take power away by moving backward.
Engage in social activities more often
You probably avoid appearing onstage like the plague. As a result, it is likely that you avoid volunteering for events where you would have to speak in front of an audience or use your presentation skills. The opposite is true, though, if you're serious about beating your speech fear. Begin by committing to more modest forms of public speaking. Ask your supervisor if you can deliver an idea instead of writing it in an email at the upcoming staff meeting in your workplace. If all else fails, consider joining an organisation like Toastmasters Internationally, where you'll have a formal, stress-free space to rehearse.
All these tricks will help you fight your stage fright and social anxiety. Apart from these you can consider medications or psychotherapy. Because cases with worsen phobias might need a little more than just tricks. Be sure to prepare your speech beforehand while you present, it will definitely work in your favour. We cannot wait to see you overcoming your fears and inhibitions when you come and present at Istanbul International Model United Nations, Turkey!