Written for a university speech class
While some of us feel stronger symptoms than others, it still happens to almost all of us. You practiced your speech to yourself without any issue over the past few days and your time comes to finally get up in front of that special group of people. All of a sudden your hands start to sweat and tremble, your throat dries up and your heart begins to feel like it is going to convulse out of your chest. Next thing you know you are stumbling over your own words and your speech is not going nearly as smoothly as it was the night before. I know what you are thinking; clearly he is talking about glossophobia. I know you are also thinking at least it is better than having porphyrophobia or arachibutyrophobia. For the few of you who are lost, the last two phobias that I had to twist my tongue for are a fear of the colour purple and a fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth. Glossophobia is a fear of public speaking. I do not mean to say that all of us who have somewhat unrestrainable nerves when doing a speech need to get psychological help because we have a phobia. The anxiety we feel when we are in front of a group of people is known as stage fright and is really only a mild case or a subset of glossophobia. People with full blown glossophobia, that require psychological help, experience intense anxiety just at the thought of speaking in public. It often interferes with their work and social life and makes the individual unable to perform basic tasks, such as introducing him or herself to new people. Today I would like to inform you about the psychology of stage fright and what is going on biologically in your body when you experience it. I will also share some tips that I have researched to help control stage fright.
Before I give any suggestions on how to control your stage fright, it is important to fully understand what causes it. One of the main...