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American Intercontinental University
Like me, almost everyone suffers from Glossophobia, or the fear or public speaking. In fact, it is estimated that Glossophobia affects about 15 million American adults. What are the symptoms associated with Glossophobia? More importantly, has does one get over this fear? It’s a fear we all must one day face, however, it’s not as uncommon as you think.
The topic I’ve chosen to write about is a symptom called Glossophobia. Glossophobia or speech anxiety is the fear of public speaking or of speaking in general. The reason I chose this particular topic is because is for two reasons. I, like many others, have a fear of public speaking. A fear that has landed me in this same college course for a 3rd time. Now we all know that public speaking is an essential trait to have in any business, yet some people, like me, still have trouble getting over this phobia. "Some studies have shown that fear of public speaking ranks up there with the fear of death" (Hildy Gottlieb,2004). The second reason would be a conversation I had with my mom a week back. Now my mom is in school studying for her bachelors in business administration with a concentration in supply management. Seeing as she's further along in her course, I asked her for some pointers to help me along the way in my public speaking class. The answer my mother gave me was this "Son, I’d rather experience childbirth again than to take another public speaking class. I had to ask myself "Is public speaking that bad of an experience?" This spawned me to research the symptoms associated with Glossophobia, as well as what can be done to overcome this fear. Symptoms associated with Glossophobia can be grouped into three categories: physical, verbal, and non-verbal. The most common symptoms would be speech anxiety or feelings of panic prior...
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