You come up to stand in front and your heart begins to race. Your eyes dart about frantically as if look for an escape route. You swallow your saliva trying to moisten your parched throat. You try to ignore the piecing stares around you but your palms sweat and your hands shake. You close your eyes trying desperately to get a hold of yourself. You inhale loudly and opened your eyes to face your doom.
Good morning to my teacher and fellow students, today I want to inform you on speech anxiety. What is speech anxiety? Glossophobia or speech anxiety is the fear of public speaking.
Speech anxiety can range from a slight feeling of “nerves” to a nearly incapacitating fear. Some of the most common symptoms of speech anxiety are: shaking, sweating, butterflies in the stomach, dry mouth, rapid heartbeat, and squeaky voice. Although it is often impossible to completely eliminate speech anxiety there are a variety of ways to deal with it and even make it work to your advantage.
Experiencing speech anxiety is normal. Nearly everyone gets nervous when they have to give a speech or a presentation, even experienced speakers. The speakers that look relaxed and confident have simply learned how to handle their anxiety and use it to enhance their performance.
Most of your anxiety is not visible to the audience. You may feel like you are shaking uncontrollably but people in the audience probably cannot even tell. Gain confidence from the fact that you are the only one who knows how nervous you are.
Anxiety decreases as a speech progresses. Speech anxiety is usually worst right before a speech and at the beginning of the speech. Most people find that once they get through the introduction their anxiety begins to decrease and confidence increases.
Tips for Dealing with Speech Anxiety.
Before giving a speech...
Identify the cause of your nervousness. Write down the reasons why...