Top 5 reasons why people fear Public Speaking

Public speaking is one of those really cool ways of expressing your ideas/thoughts to people.

A good public speaker can find it easy to sell himself/herself in a job interview, or grow the business better by making great presentations and/or forging social/business contacts and form strong collaborations.

Public speaking is a great way of talking about your work, your job, your ideas, thoughts or even selling yourself. It is an asset that will help advance your career or even your personal relationships.

However, most people are scared of public speaking. In fact, public speaking is most feared in the world.

Here are the top 5 reasons why people fear public speaking:

1. Negativity: Oftentimes, it is the feeling of inadequacy that one feels about being a speaker. “I am not good at public speaking” “ I don’t think people will listen to me” I don’t have it in me to speak well in front of others” etc are some of the thoughts that go through the mind when it comes to public speaking. Limiting self-belief has been one of the most prominent reasons for most people fearing public speaking.

2. Skills: People think they need special skills to be a good public speaker. Nothing could be further from the truth. No one is born a communicator. It is a skill that can be acquired with practice, practice, and more practice. With practice comes confidence, and with confidence, anyone can be a good speaker.

3. Fear of being Judged: Most people are more concerned about the way the audience judges them. In reality, people sitting in the audience is looking to take away something from your speech and want their time to be spent well (need to write this better)

4. Making misstates: Some people are unforgiving about themselves and are their own greatest critiques. These people get nervous talking in front of a crowd

5. Forgetting what to say: Most people I have asked have said that they have the “deer in a headlight syndrome”. The fear of “fight or flight” often leads to forgetting what you want to say and freezing in front of the audience. This is one of the reasons why people fear or avoid public speaking.

Mastering public speaking allows us to be effective at communicating thoughts and information, becoming more confident and helping us make stronger social connections.

But, no one can become a good public speaker overnight. This is an acquired skill that needs to be practiced over and over again.

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