Glossophobia, better known as Public Speaking Anxiety, or stage fright Is a common condition among orators in which the speaker falls prey to bouts of uncontrollable trembling, blushing, dizziness, a pounding heart, intense feelings of anxiety and even sweating before, during and even after the presentation has been given. All is not lost for someone who has this condition for there are several tips and tricks to get through it all. First, perform a self-assessment that will help you identify problematic thought patterns, asking yourself if the fear you have is real or only perceived, and what are your strengths as a public speaker. Second, gradually introduce yourself into situations that give opportunities for you as the speaker to keep your perspective of a positive experience throughout the speech, allowing others and yourself to accept the constructive criticism presented. Last, keeping a sound body before the speech given through diet, exercise and the control of one’s breathing can make a difference in whether you get through the presentation or not. Remember that you are not alone when it comes to PSA and there are ways to manage and give your confidence back as a public speaker.

The definition of self-assessment as found in the dictionary is “an evaluation of one’s own abilities and failings”. As the saying goes “The only thing you have to fear is fear itself.” This is very true during self evaluation. Problematic thought patterns such as the all or nothing approach, over generalizing single situations, jumping to negative conclusions or fortune telling of your outcome, will simply let your fear of public speaking get the better of you. Avoid such mindsets and assess you flaws and attributes with a clear mind. Public speaking is not that bad and you should create a list of all the positive attributes you have involving public speaking so that you can focus on what makes you the speaker you can be. Assessment takes time and honest effort upon the speaker to find the flaws and the beauty of what they can do and not do.
For a public speaker it is crucial to keep in mind that biggest isn’t always best, and staying small in presentation situations at first will help minimize anxiety. Visualizing yourself giving your speech in front of a huge crowd when only a small group of your friends are around is a positive start to maintaining low levels of anxiety. Recording yourself both in audio and on video may give the speaker avenues to see and hear themselves and give feedback upon their performance. There is no such thing as too much practice as it is said and rehearsing your speech over and over is most definitely true, for practice does make perfect. Moderate groupings for public speaking anxiety sufferers is a really good way to alleviate the stress associated with giving oral presentations.

They say that the body is a temple, if that is the case then the mind is the alter at the center of it all. It is proven that feeding your body what it needs and keeping harmful substances out of it; such as alcohol, drugs or even excessive amounts of caffeine, also feeds the brain what it needs for proper functioning. Exerting the body in activities that keep proper blood flow throughout can also create a steady environment for the mind to work properly so a moderate exercise regiment is suggested. Practicing meditative, abdominal breathing even before a presentation clears the mind and draws in the needed oxygen to necessitate clear cognitive processes. Keeping a well maintained body and a meditative mind gives the public speaker that added boost to get through even the toughest of oral assignments.Public Speaking Anxiety is not the end of the world and it can be treated. The first thing is to know who you are and what makes you that special person, have confidence in yourself. Next, discover if the fears that you have always had about public speaking are valid or just your imagination running wild. Finally to keep your mind sharp, you have to have a steady body and that means putting in good food, keeping out harmful substances and exercising both the body and mind with breathing and activities. You have Public Speaking Anxiety, it doesn’t have you.


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