Public Speaking Anxiety Treatment – How Can I Talk When Nervous?
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Public Speaking Anxiety Treatment – Anxiety and Public Speaking
I’ve often observed that many people’s top-ranking fear is not death but having to
speak in public. The joke is that these people would rather lie in a casket at their own
funeral than give the eulogy.
Public speaking for people who suffer from panic attacks or general anxiety often
becomes a major source of worry, possibly weeks or even months before the
speaking event is to occur.
These speaking engagements don’t necessarily have to be the traditional “on a
podium” events; they can be as simple as an office meeting where the individual is
expected to express an opinion or give verbal feedback.
In this case, the fear centers on having a panic attack while speaking. The
individuals fear being incapacitated by the anxiety and hence unable to complete
what they’re saying. They imagine fleeing the spotlight and having to make all kinds
of excuses later for their undignified departure -out the office window . . .
This differs slightly from the majority of people who fear public speaking. With others,
their fear tends to revolve around going blank while speaking or feeling
uncomfortable under the spotlight of their peers. The jitters or nerves are, of course,
a problem for this group as well-but they’re unfamiliar with that debilitating threat, the
panic attack, because they most likely haven’t experienced one before.
So how should a person with an anxiety issue tackle public speaking?
Stage 1 is accepting that all of these bizarre and, quite frankly, unnerving sensations
aren’t going to go away overnight. In fact, you’re not even going to concern yourself
with getting rid of them for your next talk. When they arrive during a speech or
meeting, you’re going to approach them in a new manner.
We need to build your confidence back to where it used to be before any of these