Public speaking anxiety or the fear of public speaking is a common problem for many adults, and it can have a debilitating effect on self-confidence, daily life and careers if it is not addressed.
Whilst most people may experience nerves or apprehension before speaking in front of a group or crowd, those with public speaking anxiety freeze at the mere thought of making a speech in front of people. Public speaking is an important life skill, therefore, it’s crucial to tackle the causes of public speaking anxiety with the right treatment.
What is Public Speaking Anxiety?
A fear of public speaking is one of the most common phobias, second only to a fear of dying or death. If you’ve ever felt anxious before or during a speech, you likely have this phobia too.
Public speaking anxiety is classed as a social anxiety disorder, which is typified as an intense fear of social situations. This can affect people in varying degrees, however, it becomes a problem when it begins to impact daily life and stop people from realising their full potential.
What Causes Fear of Public Speaking?
There’s no singular cause of public speaking nerves, but there are several factors that can trigger public speaking anxiety. Some of the main causes of public speaking anxiety include:
- Fear of failure, embarrassment or appearing nervous
- Lack of experience or preparation
- Remembering the negative experiences of public speaking in the past
Hypnosis for Public Speaking vs Public Speaking Courses
Public speaking courses aim to improve public speaking skills by building confidence, dealing with feelings of anxiety and practising speech techniques. Whereas, hypnosis for public speaking involves using tried and tested hypnotherapy techniques to gain better control over the mind in nerve-wracking situations.
These techniques will not only help you to improve your confidence in public speaking, but the hypnotherapy sessions can also provide a framework that will help you deal with anxiety-inducing situations going forward.
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