Public speaking anxiety will actually affect people when they are addressing a crowd or group, but what is it about this anxiousness of speaking in public anyway? Overall anxiety is a fear about a task, speaking to people is one of the common causes of it, the idea of speaking in public can make or break a persons career – literally and cause havoc with there health in extreme cases.
You can talk to friends and that would generally be fine but the idea of communicating to 10, 220 or more people can turn your legs to jelly or make you feel physically sick, these symptoms are a clear sign of anxiety and for some it’s a little too much to bear and sometimes they will find any reason not to do it including making themselves unwell, pretending they have lost there voice and so on. The good news is a solution to this problem and (to coin a term) there is a cure for it.
What is anxiety? It is purely and simply fear, this could be for example when someone pulls a prank on you and makes you jump, a threat to your person, someone shouting at you and so on it’s the emotion we generate and show in circumstances that may or may not require it. There are those who have anxiety attacks bout on through stress or an up and coming exam, its not un-natural at all and it does not require any tablets or counseling to deal with contra to popular believe, education alone can handle it.
Many people get flustered at the slightest thing, so you can imagine them giving a speech to people could almost give them a breakdown as a worst case scenario but anxiety is merely lack of confidence to face/confront an audience and it brings about unwanted emotions including trembling, unable to speak, forgetting your lines etc and this display of nervousness and cause people in the room to lose interest in what you have to say.
The Solution to anxiety is a series of steps prior to your speaking engagement, these steps when carried through will calm you down and settle your nerves and you will be – after some practice able to kiss anxiety goodbye once and for all
1. The night before the event, get with a friend and explain your fears and discus them until you find a solution.
2. Sit in front of your friend and for 30 mins just face each other and look into each others eyes without fidgeting – may take a little practice but once mastered you will be able to confront the world
3. Just before your speaking engagement, take a walk outside the venue and as your walking notice things, colors, shapes, signs etc this will extrovert your attention. Do this for 10 mins and when you arrive back at the venue you will feel brand new – try it, this works a treat.
This is as simple as it gets and the more you practice these steps the more relaxed you will feel, it will work for a whole series of nerve jangling moments including exams, wedding speeches and so on. You will be able to face the world with renewed confidence and achieve all you set out to achieve with ease.