SAY IT LOUD…SAY IT PROUD!
Do you suffer from Glossophobia? This is just a fancy word meaning “I’m TERRIFIED of speaking in public!” When you take TO the spotlight, do you freeze up like an ice block? What can you do to turn your pain into gain, and your fear into cheer?
BONUS: See our infographic on Glossophobia
YOU’RE NOT ALONE!
Having a fear is as common as having a beating heart. Did you know:
GLOSSOPHOBIA IS ONE OF THE MOST COMMON FEARS
- MANY SAY THEY WOULD RATHER DIE THAN SPEAK UP
- 75% OF PEOPLE BATTLE WITH IT
JERRY SPRINGER ONCE JOKED” At A Funeral, Most People Would Rather Be Lying In The Casket Than Giving The Eulogy!”
It Can Happen Anywhere!
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
- DRY MOUTH
- WEAK VOICE
- RED FACE
- RACING HEART
- FREEZING UP ON THE SPOT
WHY IS THIS HAPPENING TO ME???
It all comes down to Social Evaluation. We fear being judged. Criticized. Being rejected. This can trigger the “Fight or Flight” mode, which can legitimately feel like you’re having a heart attack. Except you’re not – we promise!
SOMETIMES, IT’S IN YOUR BLOOD!
Genes can play a big part in how confident you are when all eyes are on you. Some people are literally wired to freeze when they have an audience – John Lennon was well-known to puke before many performances.
YOUR BODY TAKES THE REINS
When you go through this fear, your Body Takes over, analyzing the situation as a threat. The hypothalamus triggers the pituitary gland, secreting a hormone called ACTH. The result? Adrenaline OVERLOAD.
ONE WORD CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE!
What word is this? You ask. How can it change my life? You ask.
The word is:
A.W.A.R.E. These are steps inspired by Anxiety coach Dr. David Carbonell.
A (ACKNOWLEDGE & ACCEPT)
Accepting the reality that, yes you are afraid, is the first step. DON’T fight it. Overcoming anything begins by working WITH it…not AGAINST it.
W (WAIT & WORK)
Even if you feel the urge to avoid the scenario, don’t. Stay engaged and keep moving forward, with the finish line in sight and in mind.
A (ACTIONS) TO MAKE YOURSELF MORE COMFORTABLE
- Stretches and Belly Breathing
This can do wonders during the last few minutes before a presentation. Inhale Belly out, exhale belly in. This makes your hypothalamus trigger a relaxation response.
- Work with Your Body
Identify, and relax, the parts of your Body that get most tense. Start by tensing them up, then relaxing them.
- Practice and preparation
Steve Jobs used to rehearse HIS glorious speeches weeks in advance. The more you prepare, the less anxiety you’ll feel.
- Get Involved in the Present
People don’t panic in the present. People panic when they imagine something bad happening to them in the future or in the past. Always stay in the present!
If at first you don’t succeed…you know the drill!
Your anxiety will come to a close – it always does.
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