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What is your Fear of Public Speaking Costing You?

The fear of public speaking, also known as glossophobia, is a common fear among people. It is estimated that 75% of people experience some level of anxiety when it comes to speaking in front of others. While some people may experience a mild nervousness, for others, the fear can be debilitating and have a significant impact on their personal and professional lives. In this blog, we will explore the personal and professional costs of the fear of public speaking and discuss ways to overcome it.

When it comes to personal costs, the fear of public speaking can take a toll on one's self-esteem and confidence. When faced with the prospect of speaking in front of others, individuals with glossophobia may feel like they are being judged or evaluated, which can be a significant source of stress and anxiety. This can lead to missed opportunities for personal growth and development, such as taking on leadership roles, pursuing higher education, or even applying for a new job.

One example of the personal costs of the fear of public speaking is the story of John, a marketing professional who had always wanted to start his own business. He had a great business idea and had even done market research to validate it, but when it came time to pitch his idea to potential investors, he froze. He was so overwhelmed with anxiety that he couldn't even start his pitch. As a result, he never got the funding he needed to start his business, and his dream of becoming an entrepreneur never came to fruition.

When it comes to professional costs, the fear of public speaking can limit career advancement and job opportunities. In today's competitive job market, the ability to communicate effectively is a valuable skill that employers look for in candidates. However, for individuals with glossophobia, the fear of speaking in front of others can be a significant barrier to career progression. In addition, the fear can negatively impact one's performance in the workplace. For example, a sales representative who is afraid of public speaking may struggle to give presentations to potential clients and may miss out on sales opportunities as a result.

One example of the professional costs of the fear of public speaking is the story of Jane, a project manager who had been with the same company for several years. She had always been a top performer, but her fear of public speaking had been holding her back from advancing in her career. Despite her qualifications and experience, she was passed over for a promotion because she couldn't effectively communicate her ideas in front of her colleagues. As a result, she missed out on the opportunity to take on a leadership role and move up the corporate ladder.

The fear of public speaking costs career development, but also it costs you money. Real money. People with a fear of public speaking allow that fear to cost them more than 10% lifetime income. That's a HUGE amount of money.

The fear of public speaking can also have a significant impact on one's mental and physical health. Studies have shown that individuals with glossophobia are more likely to experience symptoms of depression and anxiety. The physical symptoms associated with the fear can include increased heart rate, sweating, shaking, and difficulty breathing.

To overcome the fear of public speaking, there are several strategies that can be effective. One of the most effective ways is to practice, practice, practice. The more you speak in front of others, the more comfortable you will become. Additionally, it's important to remember to take deep breaths, to speak slowly and clearly, and to make eye contact with your audience. Another effective strategy is to visualize yourself giving a successful presentation. Imagine yourself speaking confidently and engaging with your audience.

In conclusion, the fear of public speaking can have a significant impact on one's personal and professional life. From missed opportunities for personal growth and development to limitations in career advancement, the costs of glossophobia can be significant. However, by understanding the causes of the fear, and taking steps to overcome it, individuals can reap the benefits of being able to speak publicly.

If you're looking to overcome your fear of public speaking and eradicate from your life FOREVER - get in touch with me today and ask about my FEARLESS SPEAKER course.

Mark Westbrook

Public Speaking Coach


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