tudies show that public speaking phobia, and most phobias, develop in middle or late childhood stage. It usually starts from an unpleasant experience like being humiliated in front of the class; this unpleasant experience gets stored in the child’s memory and is brought up when faced with similar situations. Children who have been exposed to people with public speaking phobia, like their parents or friends, learn the phobia by hearing them. Research also shows that genetics also play an important role in developing phobias. Phobias are mostly likely to occur in identical twins, than in fraternal twins.
Luckily, there are many ways to treat Phobia. * PERSONAL MOTIVATION. There are many self-help books that can help you overcome your public speaking phobia. Your desire to overcome your fear is the most important factor of treatment. * PROFESSIONAL TREATMENT. If self-treatment does not work for you, you can seek help from a professional. *Other kinds of treatment include, Counseling, Hypnosis and Medication. This method is used if the sufferer has other mental conditions that are affected by the phobia. Using medication alone cannot cure the phobia.
Cause of Public Speaking Anxiety
Even the most experienced speaker gets anxious when speaking in public. However, this fear can be controlled so that you can put your fear to your advantage. People are afraid of rejection by their audience. Thus, many are terrified of speaking in public for fear of being criticized by the crowd for how they look or how they deliver their speech. On the contrary, audiences are very understanding about the speaker’s problem with stage fright. You become more nervous when your fear of the audience increases.
Some strategies that can help you overcome your fear of the audience. Choose a topic that you like and you are familiar with. The more comfortable you are about your chosen topic, the more confident you are in facing your audience. Concentrate on your topic. Focus on your topic and not on yourself. When you start to think of your subject matter and not yourself, your fear of speaking will likely decrease, Trust in your capability of delivering your speech. Showing that you are in charge decreases your fear and increases your confidence in facing the situation, Bridge the gap between your audience and yourself. Analyze carefully to establish rapport.
There are two ways to win over your fear of failure, Picture yourself succeeding. If you think that you will stutter in front of many people, chances are you will stutter. But if you visualize yourself delivering your speech well, then, you will, Face your fear. You cannot overcome your fear unless you show it and admit that you are afraid of it. Take time to write your speech. Review it and rewrite if necessary. If you are confident with your speech, the less terrified you will be about speaking in public. Practice and ask for suggestions on how you can improve your speech. Ask a friend of relative to act as your audience. Once you have delivered your topic, ask for their feedback.