Do you suffer from Glossophobia?
Glossophobia is the fear of public speaking. The word glossophobia comes from the Greek γλῶσσα glōssa, meaning tongue, and φόβος phobos, fear or dread.
If you are a glossphobian, be comforted – you are not alone! Just the thought of speaking to any group causes ca. 25% of the population* anxiety, panic, nausea and avoidance of public speaking events at all costs.
Jerry Seinfeld: from glossophobian to successful speaker
In 2005, Comedy Central named Jerry Seinfeld the 12th-greatest stand-up comedian of all time. Seinfeld was also listed number 1 in the Forbes Highest-Paid Comedians for 2015. But, at the beginning of his career, Jerry Seinfeld suffered from glossophobia:
On the evening of June 29, 1976, after rehearsing in front of friends for weeks, a twenty-two year-old Jerry Seinfeld walked up onstage at the Catch a Rising Star comedy club in New York City to give his first public performance as a stand-up comic. Seinfeld took the microphone, looked into the audience, and froze. When he finally found his voice, all he could remember were the topics he had prepared to talk about. He rattled them off (‘the beach … cars …’) without pausing and then hurried offstage. The entire performance lasted about ninety seconds. As Seinfeld later recounted his first moments in the spotlight, ‘I couldn’t even speak … I was so paralyzed by total fear. – Michael Schwalbe from Maximize Your Potential
With deliberate practice and willingness to experience the pain of failure over and over again in the process of mastering your craft, you can become a better speaker. Having the right mindset and a set of tools such as deep breathing, positive visualization, and supportive feedback, will help you get onstage and speak.
It’s about jumping in the cold water, despite your fears. It’s about making important, sometime painful experiences, so you can learn, reflect, change, and try again. Even one of the greatest comedians of our times, began his journey with anxiety, panic, and nausea. So let Jerry Seinfeld inspire you to just say “Yes!” to your next public speaking opportunity.
When you are preparing your speech and you find that your mouth gets dry, your palms are sweating, and your entire body is shaking – reach out for help!
That is what public speaking coaches do best:
we help people who are challenged to speak in public.
So if your time has come to get up and speak, get in touch if you need support.
Below are some interesting facts, figures, and fodder on public speaking. Lydia Bailey complied and created this graph. Thank you Lydia for sharing.
*Source: How to Master Public Speaking Graph
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Dale Carnegie, the well-respected public speaking coach once said:
If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.
Dyane Neiman is the Moving Speaker. She helps business professionals at all levels, who are challenged to speak in public, in English. She always encourages people to get better at speaking in public, by SPEAKING IN PUBLIC! Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org