Public speaking is the number one fear in the world, which shows that the number one fear is really a deep fear of rejection from the connection of others. The narrator in “Typical First Year Professor”, who had a fantastic education and experience, has public speaking issues. She explains how her fear physically affects her in, “Ten minutes before my first class, I run to the bathroom and vomit. I’m afraid of public speaking, which
Purpose: At the end of my speech, the audience will know how phobias affect people and how to overcome their phobia.
Humans hold conversations constantly, throughout every day, month, and year of their life. Of course, the vast majority feel some degree of anxiety when it comes to public speaking, but for others, even the tiniest of small talk can be cause for fear. This can be attributed to numerous conditions, such as glossophobia, social anxiety, and selective mutism. Simply put, glossophobia is the fear of public speaking, rather than the fear of speaking in general, which is generally referred to as social phobia, and reveals itself in social anxiety. Selective mutism is linked to anxiety, as over 90% of people with selective mutism also have social phobia, but is defined as a typically childhood disorder characterized by an “inability to speak and communicate
Fear, like the fear of speaking in public, can effect each individual differently; some of us are able to control this fear and speak confidently and clear to a large group, where others of us freeze and let it take control of our body; confusing our mind to make the situation more difficult than it really is. Fear can be caused because of something that
“According to Turner, Beidel, Dancu, and Keys (1986), 83% of the social phobics felt their fears interfered with academics by deterring speaking in class, joining clubs or athletic teams, acquiring leadership positions, and general participation in campus life,” assess G.D. Lawm, et al (214). College can be a very intimidating setting with new classes, people, and relationships to develop every semester starting day one when professors use “ice breakers” which most of us dread and forcing people to introduce themselves. This can be especially challenging for students who fear speaking in public. There are however, treatments used to help diminish the fear of public
Some instances of these fear are: missing important points, inability to answer the questions, lack of communication and being rejected by the group based on the background. In order to overcome these fears presenter needs to speak with confidence which can be gained through practicing and rehearsing before the presentation as the audience can easily spot the signs of a presenter without confidence. In addition, presenter needs to be in control of his mind by rehearsing before the presentation. Maintaining a strong eye contact is also very important. This can be achieved by not looking at someone for too long but also not shifting eye contact or scanning the audience very quickly. Wearing clean and comfortable clothes can contribute to self-confidence and projecting a good image. A presenter must be careful not to reveal their shortcomings by addressing their weaknesses and stating their nervousness about speaking in
Even I have a fear to this day, of public speaking. I was so paranoid about it that I was always fixated on when I would have to speak, or how to avoid it. A great example of fears is the short story The Elevator by William Sleator. Sleator’s story is about a scrawny, timid, and anxious twelve year old boy named Martin, and newfound fears of the elevator, the fat lady, and an old fear of his father. Sleator magnificently illustrates Martin’s claustrophobia of the elevator, the intimidation of his father, and his paranoia of the fat lady.
The informational text, a magazine article titled In the Spotlight from Stuff That Scares Your Pants Off! by Glenn Murphy is fascinating. The science facts of why people are afraid of speaking in public (glossophobia) and how it may be overcome is clearly defined to the point that one can easily relate to other phobias that may sometime affect people’s live, whether it is life threatening or not. Many of the short stories, magazine articles, and the poem read in class, and ones assigned for home work are equally interesting because it makes you think about your personal experiences. Knowing phobia may affect one’s life style, it is comforting to learn there are cures to remedy, or keep at bay, fears and phobias by focusing and practicing steps needed to keep one from being afraid.
The third chapter of a Pocket Guide to Public Speaking is about anxiety in relations to
While Gleb Tsipursky produces some valuable tips on how one could conquer fear of public speaking, the author does not show full evidence that proves her tips to truly be reliable. A couple times is mentioned the phrase “research shows,” however that exact research is never disclosed to the audience nor cited or mentioned later. The passage certainly gives some sound advice about how to overcome “glossophobia,” as I have used techniques similar to these to overcome my own speech fears, but because the author doesn’t fully support her tips and reasonings behind each one, they lose their credibility. In the passage discussing the benefits of positivity as a way to
Public speaking is a fear faced by over 75% of the Earth’s population. In fact, 5.3 million of Americans today face social phobia and speech anxiety. Commonly referred to as “glossophobia”, speech anxiety is fear people face when delivering speeches and/or lectures to large audiences. The article, “Conquer Fear of Public Speaking through Emotional Intelligence”, written by Gleb Tsipursky, provides people with expert advice on how to conquer their speech anxiety. As someone who presents ideas and projects on a daily basis, I have started to conquer my speech anxiety. When I first moved to Hillsborough in 2013, I was petrified when delivering my student council speech. No one knew me, and I only had a scant amount of friends. I patently remember being extremely
As we all took our seats on the stage, I knew it was time to make the opening statement of the night. The moment was surreal as my legs trembled with each step I took, trying not to give off an intimidated vibe. As I made my way to the mahogany podium, the world paused as I felt two hundred and twenty eyes on my person anxiously waiting for me to speak. My mind went blank, as my hands quivered like an incoming earthquake. The taste of utter dryness filled my mouth as I began to speak. As I uttered “Good evening …” I realized I was conquering my fear of public speaking. My voice became more animated as I continued to speak. I felt more alive than I have ever been, knowing I conquered one of my greatest fears at that
In case study #4 Louise a 69-year-old architect, has a fear of public speaking, to the point that she is even afraid to speak up at a business meeting. This is causing her problems at work because she avoids situations where she will have to speak in front of other people. She is afraid that she will appear stupid and that other people will make fun of her. Louise may be suffering from social anxiety or social phobia.
Being a socialize person, I have always believed that public speaking is not a problem for me at all. However, I realize I was completely wrong as I had to deliver a lot of speeches in front of class, which was a quite a struggle for me. Even though my English accent has gotten a lot better throughout the year, yet it would always get terrible during my speech as I was mispronouncing words constantly. Fortunately, I have came to realize that my accent would not be so bad if I memorize the speech instead of reading it out loud like how I usually would.
I used the search engine Google with the search term “public speaking fear” and it brought up a great deal of interesting websites pertaining to public speaking. The first one I decided to peruse was 5 Tips to Reduce the Fear of Public Speaking on Psychology Today’s website. I learned that public speaking is the number one fear in America, while the fear of death is second in line. This means that we’re more afraid of speaking in public than we are of dying. I also learned five tips on how to reduce public speaking nervousness.