Glossophobia – fear of speaking in public or of trying to speak
Forget heights and sharks. Public speaking often makes it to the top of the Top Fears List, higher even than death. Think about that. That means some people would rather die than speak in public. And I know some of those people!
The following pages look at some of the very common but inaccurate beliefs people have about public speaking anxiety. And then they provide strategies for dealing with anxiety.
Download the Anxiety Chapter
Presenting Your Research – Anxiety Chapter
Automatic Negative Thoughts (ANTs)
Speaking in public is hard enough but what makes it harder is that probably 80% of your brain cells are working for the other side. As you’re preparing to present or in the middle of your presentation it’s likely that some of the following thoughts are running through your mind. But just because you have the thoughts doesn’t mean they’re true. It’s helpful to challenge these Automatic Negative Thoughts (ANTs) with what I call the More Accurate Thoughts (MATHs)
“I am nervous every time I get up to make a major speech.
I am nervous every time I go into the House of Commons.”
“There are two types of speakers:
those that are nervous
and those that are liars.”