The thought of getting up in front of a crowd of people and making
a speech is enough to make most of us break out in a sweat. Having a fear of public speaking is common - and it's becoming
even more common.
Modern lifestyles mean
we are less likely to find ourselves in public situations. Much of our free time is spent in the comfort of our own homes
or online. At work, more people are utilising email, social media and conference calls, so there is rarely a need to speak
in front of an audience. This all means that when public speaking situations do come up, understandably we can feel anxious.
For some people this anxiety develops into a phobia - known as glossophobia.
On this page we will look at how hypnotherapy for public speaking anxiety and glossophobia can help you build confidence.
Glossophobia - fear of public
Glossophobia has its roots
in social phobia. When we're speaking publicly, the audience will be paying attention to you and listening to what you have
to say. Glosspphobia comes from a fear of being judged, which can be triggered when lots of people are paying attention to
you. This, combined with doubts over you ability to deliver can feel overwhelming.
Fear of public speaking can be reinforced when we make mistakes. Even if we only make one
small mistake when speaking, our minds tend to focus in on this, justifying our fears.
Symptoms of glossophobia can include:
- avoiding situations where you may required
to speak in front of a group -
feelings of panic when asked to speak publicly - nausea -
increased heart rate/palpitations -
shaking - dry mouth
Experiencing a little anxiety when asked to speak in public is to be expected. If your anxiety overwhelms
you, however, and holds you back from what you want to do in life, you should consider seeking help.
It's important to note that a fear of public speaking isn't limited to making
speeches in front of a crowd. Those with glossophobia may withdraw from a number of social situations, such as asking for
directions, attending job interviews and speaking to shop assistants. Therefore it is a phobia that can affect day-to-day
can hypnotherapy help?
As with most
phobias, glossophobia isn't something you can control consciously. People may tell you to relax, but usually this does little
to control your symptoms. This is because the symptoms you experience stem from your unconscious.
Hypnotherapy works with your unconscious to find out where the root of your
anxiety comes from. Typically it comes from misinformation gathered from a past experience. Hypnotherapy can help to identify
this and use suggestion techniques to correct any misinformation.
Suggestion and visualisation techniques can be used to build positive thinking, boost confidence
and reduce anxiety. This will help you feel calm and collected when you are required to speak in public.