According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 74% of people have some kind of speaking anxiety – which translates to fear of speaking. So, good news for those of you who suffer from Glossophobia (fancy name for fear of speaking) – you are not alone! Not so good news if you have Sociophobia and you would rather be alone. Fear of speaking ranks higher than Necrophobia (fear of death), Arachnophobia (spiders), and Acrophobia (heights). What is curious about the last three phobias I mentioned, is that there can be a REAL danger of getting hurt. But, a Phobia actually refers
There are 3 things to consider and address before you can really STAND out and share your brilliance through speaking. 1. Obviously, Speaking is one of those. From what you say, to how you say it….it helps paying attention to details. The details of your message – the content, the stories, the segues and transitions to keep it flowing, and the introduction, the end…. And then there is the confidence and the way you deliver it. All that is part of Speaking. 2. Before you can really Shine with speaking, it’s most likely you need to do some work with the Mindset. That is point number 2.
I want to talk about something that stops a lot of people from getting out and speaking, and something that people think is a liability can actually be used as an asset. And it’s about drawing attention to the obvious. For example, I broke my wrist and I’m actually speaking a couple of days in front of a live audience. Now, I can could have said “No” or wait till it had gotten better. Or, I could go out there and speak and pretend that everything’s fine. That is probably not going to work, everyone is going to be thinking,