Public Speaking or presenting can be an exhausting challenge for some.
Have you ever stood up to speak publicly and wished the earth could swallow you up or would you rather say you are sick and leave immediately for home?
The use of emails, conference calls etc. may reduce the need to speak publicly so when the occasion demands it may cause extreme anxiety, demoralise you and even make you feel physically ill. A racing heart which feels as if your heart is about to leap out of your chest, clammy sweaty hands, an urgent need for the toilet, a tension headache are just some of the symptoms which you can experience with a fear or phobia.
The subject of glossophobia (fear of public speaking) is explained comprehensively in an article by the Hypnotherapy Directory. It documents how the fear of public speaking can effect a person, the fears and how those fears can distort reality.
I teach self-hypnosis as an integral part of treatment. For me it’s the ‘glue’ that binds the sequence of sessions and this article supports that as well as the value of relaxation techniques and visualisation exercises.