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 Overcoming Your Fear of Public Speaking

Fear of Public Speaking

Public speaking looks like an easy task, but it’s not!  Fear and anxiety related to public speaking ranks among the greatest fears of most people interviewed in East Sussex & London. They admitted that they suffered severe anxiety and almost sank to the ground at their first attempt.

Public speaking involves the process of addressing an audience while being the major point of focus. It is an intellectual art which must also be learned and mastered. Ordinarily, the ability to be a good public speaker improves with time as more stage confidence is gained

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What Are The Causative Factors?

There are a myriad of causative factors. The most common ones, however, are physical and emotional problems. The physical problems as identified by a recent study carried out in East Sussex & London include:


  • Body shaming: Most people who are prone to fear of public speaking are ashamed of their bodies. They may be too short, too tall, too fat or too thin and will never be comfortable addressing an audience. People who consider themselves as not being good looking also fall into this category.


  • Poor dress sense: People who have a poor dress sense are often being booed off the stage because of the funny or odd way they dress. This becomes a normal routine to them and will always cause them unnecessary fear and anxiety whenever they want to speak in public.


The emotional factors responsible for this problem include:

  • Ingrained psychological phobia: Some people have natural psychological phobias about addressing an audience. No matter how good they look or how well they dress, they will never be comfortable and confident enough to speak in public.


  • Poor preparation: A poorly prepared speaker will lack the necessary confidence to speak in public as there will be the anxiety of how to respond to questions posed by the audience.


  • Biased audience: An audience that has a stereotyped mindset about an issue will usually be difficult to address. The speaker will notice unpleasant body languages and even verbal abusive language from them. These factors will erode the confidence of the speaker and will cause fear and anxiety over time.


  • Perfectionism: A perfectionist will always fall prey to this problem. Such a speaker will always crave for acknowledgment and validation of the audience. Not getting the required attention and validation will always create fear and anxiety in the speaker’s mind.


Helpful Tips

People who are guilty of the fear when speaking in public will find the following tips helpful:

  • Prepare your content well.
  • Dress presentably.
  • Accept yourself.
  • Adopt a positive mindset.
  • Look cheerful.
  • Have a friendly body language.
  • Understand your audience.
  • Understand that no one is perfect including members of your audience.
  • Believe in your message.
  • Consider doing a slide presentation.
  • Seek professional help and therapy if need be.


Therapy Help

Various therapies are available for helping people who have phobias and other mental conditions which challenge their ability to speak in public. In the course of my work in East Sussex, I usually employ Counselling; but for chronic cases suggestive of an ingrained underlying mental or psychological condition, I can employ Suggestion Therapy, Parts Therapy, Regression Hypnotherapy, EMDR, EFT, Reiki, etc. to assist.


Determining the best approach is also dependent on individual conditions and circumstances and is mutually determined during initial consultation. Information regarding the various therapies and solutions is available on my website.


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Social Anxiety / Professional Confidence - Public Speaking / Fear of Flying

"I'm now able to perform tasks that I thought were impossible a month ago"

I've suffered from constant anxiety for as long as I can remember, particularly from social anxiety and fear of public speaking, to the point that my office jobs were no longer manageable and I was very close to fall deeply into depression. I had very little self-confidence, despite having progressed in my career and achieved many of my professional and personal goals. However, I got to a point in which I wasn't able to progress any further due to my the constant fear of being evaluated and criticised by others, which paralysed me and stopped me from speaking up and being more visible. My day to day prior to the sessions was absolutely controlled by my anxiety and lack of confidence due to past experiences, mainly during my childhood. Having done a number of therapies before (eMDR, CBT) I was sceptical at first, but I wanted to give hypnotherapy and the BAGC6 a go. After around 13 sessions I can say that I'm in a much better place than when I started. My constant anxiety has hugely decreased, and I'm now able to perform tasks that I thought were impossible a month ago, like giving a speech in front of my colleagues without having a panic attack or simply socialising with new people at a party. My perspective on things is now different and I've gained new confidence which allows me to speak and interact with others without fear. Maria has been great in understanding my issues and creating a very tailored treatment (hypnosis, eMDR, etc) to tackle these. She's always been very determined and a firm believer in a full recovery which has been very helpful, particularly in moments when I wanted to give up. She's also giving me tools and techniques that I can use to manage emotions and to stay focused (like auto-hypnosis) and I'm using these almost on a daily basis to continue building on my confidence and resilience. As per the fear of flying, this is something that I still need to test, but I'm confident that I will have also overcome it in the same way that I've beaten my anxiety disorder. I can only be grateful to Maria for all her help and for believing in me since day 1, and totally recommend her treatment!

Thanks so much!
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