Do you suffer from Glossophobia? More than likely... I know I do. And we're not alone.
Musicians, actors, magicians, trainers, and politicians all have one thing in common: performing in public. Stage fright is a workplace hazard for these people! According to the National Institute for Public Health, a whopping 74% of us suffer from Glossophobia... speaking in public. Many business people and other professionals are also, at one time or another, thrust into a speaking situation. Often times kicking and screaming!
Luckily, stage fright can be controlled with just a few easy tips. First, it’s important to understand the chemistry of stage fright. When we’re faced with a scary situation (like speaking in public), our body releases adrenaline; tries to make itself smaller (by slouching, for instance); and shuts down your digestive system to increase blood flow to other, more vital organs.
To counteract this release of adrenaline, try deep breathing and stretches. Focus on your breathing and your muscles rather than your negative thoughts. This will take some practice, but it works on a real, physical level.
Training and preparing for your big moment on stage can help, too. Knowing that you will be successful will give you the confidence that you need to beat stage fright and speak in public like a pro.
Have you been in this situation? Do you consider yourself an accomplished speaker, or “a natural?” What’s your secret? Or, are you like most of us, and dread the thought of getting up in front of a crowd. Got a story to share with us? Tips? Advice? Let us know!