‘Glossophobia’ – the Fear of Public Speaking – Explained and How To Beat It

Glossophobia – the fear of public speaking – impacts an estimated 75% of the world’s population and it can greatly hinder a person’s day-to-day life, especially within professional work environments.

It is categorised as a social phobia as it is a fear that involves a significant and persistent feeling of social anxiety or performance-based anxiety. This means that the normal ‘butterflies in your stomach’ feeling when you’re in the spotlight is intensified, making it hard to perform and sometimes, even speak.

Symptoms vary from person to person, and it may affect individuals with general anxiety or be a stand alone anxiety. The symptoms for Glossophobia are:

– A significant dread of public speaking

– Avoidance of situations that requires public speaking

Glossophobia occurs due to a number of reasons, from learned behaviours and past experiences. Most people know the feeling of dread when you’re going around in a circle of strangers and introducing yourself, or preparing for a work presentation and being the first up. But thankfully, it’s something that becomes less daunting the more you practice.

At the Lir at Work, our practical public speaking course incorporates a range of theoretical, practical and performance modules used to train professional actors – which focus on using the Body, Breath and Voice to maximum effect. Under the expert guidance of our Voice & Performance coach, you will learn breathing, mindfulness and tension release exercises that will help you to overcome your fear of public speaking in both your professional and personal life.

Public Speaking: Fighting the Fear is ideal for anyone who has to deliver public addresses, presentations or lead meetings due to being promoted to a new position – or indeed is faced with the challenge of delivering speeches in their personal life.

By the end of this public speaking course, you will:
  • Understand what triggers anxiety and fear when it comes to public speaking – and learn to identify early signals.
  • Learn breathing techniques which help to minimise the physical symptoms of nerves – including accelerated heartbeat, nausea, muscle tension, shaking & trembling, weak / shaky voice, shortness of breath.
  • Understand the role of the Body, Breath and Voice in confident communication.
  • Learn techniques to help you reset any mistakes made whilst speaking in public.
  • Understand the benefits of proper preparation ahead of any public speaking engagement.
  • Learn how to remain present and focused when speaking in public
  • Understand what Imposter Syndrome is – and how you can overcome it
  • Learn a range of vocal techniques which help portray confidence and authority when speaking in public.

At the Lir At Work we deliver a series of confidence building courses for both individuals and groups. These incorporate a range of theoretical, practical, learning modules designed to strengthen confidence for anyone who fears or is uncomfortable with leading teams in high pressure environments.

For more information on the learning outcomes please visit our range of effective communication skills courses or contact us directly liratwork@thelir.ie