The thought of having to get up in front of people and making a speech is enough to make most of us panic. Having a fear of public speaking is very common – and it’s becoming even more common.
Because of the way we live today we are less likely to find ourselves in public situations. Most of our free time is spent in the comfort of our own homes or online.
At work, more people are making use of email, media and conference calls, so there is rarely a need to speak in front of a group of people. This all means that when we do nee to speak in public understandably we can become anxious.For some people public speaking anxiety develops into a phobia – known as glossophobia.
Glossophobia – fear of public speaking
Glossophobia is a social anxiety and social phobia. When you are speaking publicly, the audience will be paying attention to you and listening to what you have to say. Glossophobia comes from a fear of being judged, which can be caused when lots of people are paying attention to you add this to doubts over your ability to deliver and it can feel overwhelming.
These feelings will be reinforced when you make mistakes. Even if you only make one small mistake when speaking, your minds tend to focus in on this, justifying your fears.
Symptoms of glossophobia can include:
- avoiding situations where you may be required to speak in front of an audience
- feelings of anxiety when asked to speak publicly
- increased heart rate/palpitations
- dry mouth.
- (all of these symptoms are known as the fight or flight response in Psychology)
Experiencing a little nerves when you are asked to speak in public is normal. If your anxiety overwhelms you however and holds you back from what you want to do in life, then I can help.
It’s important for you to note that a fear of public speaking isn’t just making speeches in front of a crowd. Those with glossophobia may avoid a number of social situations, such as asking for directions, attending job interviews and speaking to shop assistants. Therefore it is a phobia that can affect your day-to-day life.
How can hypnotherapy help?
As with most phobias, glossophobia isn’t something you control consciously. People may tell you to relax, but usually this does little to help you control your symptoms. This is because the symptoms you experience stem from your subconscious.
Hypnotherapy works with your subconscious to eliminate the root of your anxiety.
I will use suggestion and visualisation techniques to instill positive thinking within you, boost your confidence and reduce your anxiety. I will help you feel calm and collected when you are required to speak in public.
How hypnotherapy for public speaking works
Hypnotherapy is essentially a state of deep relaxation. When I put you into this state, your subconscious becomes more receptive. This means I can communicate with this part of your mind to uncover root causes of your behaviour and influence thinking patterns.
Even if you don’t know why you have a fear of public speaking, hypnotherapy can help. Once you are in a deeply relaxed state, I can talk to your subconscious and help to rid you of the situation or event that triggered your glossophobia. Much of the time, the event is seemingly insignificant and may never be known to you but over time it grows in your mind to become something you can no longer control.
Once the root cause is eliminated, I will use suggestive language to change the route of your thoughts. The aim here is to promote positive thinking and a sense of calm when you are faced with public speaking, instead of the previous flood of anxiety.
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