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Do You Have Glossophobia? Here’s The Cure

Do You Have Glossophobia? Here's The Cure!

Do you have glossophobia? Wait, you might not know what that is. But the chances are high that you have it. Why? Because Glossophobia is the medical term for the fear of public speaking. Approximately 75% of people in the world suffer from some form of social anxiety around public speaking.

You heard this correct, the fear of public speaking is called glossophobia. Where does this fear come from? How does it show up in our bodies and minds? And more importantly, is it something we can overcome and breakthrough?

In this episode, Danny Stone breaks it all down. 

Here’s some of what is covered in this episode:

  • [3:59] And some of the symptoms look like you start sweating. You get these extreme butterflies, a dry mouth, your heart starts beating really fast, your hands start shaking, all of these things start to happen in your body. And it’s almost like your body’s being taken over. You may even feel dizzy, or you may feel some tension in your muscles or start hyperventilating.
  • [6:34] I was terrified. My heart was beating butterflies. I was nervous. And on top of that, I wasn’t even prepared, because he never told me in advance that I was going to be doing this. I was so nervous and so scared. I stood up in front of all of these people. I said, Thank you. I added I might have fumbled through half a story about the team.
  • [9:44] The very first thing you need to do is prepare. If you know that you’re going to give a speech, prepare for the speech. Sit down, write it out. Know the material, know the audience that you’re speaking to know come up with a script and practice. Practice, practice, run through it as many times as you possibly can videotape yourself, giving the presentation.
  • [10:59] if you’re somebody who constantly has to speak to groups of people, but you have glossophobia. And so there’s no way around it. So if you’re in a situation where you always have to speak to groups of people, and there’s no way of getting out of it, and you constantly have these severe reactions, then maybe you might want to go to a psychotherapist, and a psychotherapist is going to help you to, you know, sort of work, work around your thinking in your emotions, in the physical reactions that you have.
  • [12:26]  Other things you might want to do to become a better speaker. And to really help you get over this extreme fear of public speaking and speaking in public is maybe you might want to join a speaking group, maybe you might want to join something like Toastmasters.
  • [15:43] Think about your intro, because that first 30 seconds or that first minute that you’re able to kind of open up the audience and help them to put let their guard down, that’s really going to help you.
  • [21:08] And you see all of these amazing public speakers know that many of them at one point, was terrified, just as scared as you if not more, to stand up in front of a group of people. And the reason they got better is that practice, they got coaching, they got tools, they got resources to help them become a better speaker.
  • [22:53] You have more than one champion story. So when you think of your champion stories, and you think of the messages that you’re trying to deliver to the world, or in your job, or in your school, or whatever, think about incorporating stories into that, because that’s what really connects with people.

 

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