“According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.” – Jerry Seinfeld
The palpitation, the sweat, the lightheadedness, the horror or the fear of public speaking tops the list. It even finds its place right there to be at the top No:1 position beating the word ‘Death’. While I was searching for some more facts to discuss in today’s article other than my story of how I defeated my own Mr. Jungle monster called -Mike+Stage+Public = Mr. India (Not to be confused with the Title Mr. India World, a male beauty peagant , it’s one of our Hindi Movies where the Hero knows the Art of becoming Invisible, cut the long story short – something like Hollow-man) I tumbled upon the Fear of Public Speaking phobia’s name it’s called the Glossophobia or speech anxiety. It is the fear of public speaking or of speaking in general. The word Glossophobia comes from the Greek γλῶσσα glōssa, meaning tongue, and φόβος phobos, fear or dread.
It is even estimated that about 75% of people suffer from fear of speech anxiety which makes it the most common fear that exists in the world today.
The number one Fear of the most powerful nation in the world – The United States of America is Public speaking. It is listed as American’s number-one fear, before death at number five, and loneliness, weighing in at number seven. Guess that means that most of us are less afraid of dying alone than of making fools of ourselves in front of others.
I could still go on with some 1000 more interesting facts and quotes that are available there in the Internet which most of you all must have read, seen or heard somewhere. Is that the whole purpose of writing this article, well No! But the above facts is just a glimpse of what we say today “Making a mountain out of a mole” today it did seem like a mole to me, but back then, at the age of 13, it didn’t. It was a Mount Everest my teacher was asking me to climb, oh while writing this, I remember reading that the fear of public speaking starts somewhere around the age of 13. Which means the world is as big as our mind imagines and at the age of 13 we have imagined our Jungle Monster to be as huge as a hulk!
“It takes one hour of preparation for each minute of presentation time” – Wayne Burgraff.
“There are only two types of speakers in the world. 1. The nervous and 2. Liars.” – Mark Twain
“90% of how well the talk will go is determined before the speaker steps on the platform.” – Somers White
Today these quotes make so much sense to me than never before. In this world of rat race where everyone wants to achieve, accomplish and ace the essence of an art we trying to manoeuvre skilfully ever since we have taken up a job or a role which defines or demands us to deliver The Talking. The Storytelling. The Presenting, we are losing and we are winning!
So if these are the facts about the speech anxiety or the fear of public speaking we human kind are facing today, then we shouldn’t be having the world-famous presenters standing right there in front of us like “A knight in shining armor”
This says we have stopped looking beyond, we have stopped looking inside ourselves, we have stopped looking around us and we have stopped looking at what it takes to become what we have always wanted to be; but rather we have started looking at ourselves in a happy state where we are.
As Robin Sharma tweeted an extra ordinary tweet today it read: “The smallest of action is always better than the noblest of intentions” Isn’t it so true with regard to becoming the presenter you dreamt you were?
We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.”
― Max DePree
So now comes the million dollar question, OK Ramya, that sounds so much me and true yes, but how do I become the presenter I have dreamt I had always wanted to be?
How do I give that one speech I have practiced a million times to perfections but hasn’t been able give one minuscule opportunity to myself to go up there and stand and deliver for the fear of what others think of me has engulfed my world of words?
How do I smoothly transit from where I am to where I need to be?
How do I become a public speaker or a Perfect Presenter who can gain that confidence every time I need to face my team/meetings/ clients/reviews and discussions?
How do I overcome the Flight vs Fight syndrome before every presentations that I need to make?
There are a Zillion courses available, how do I wave my Magic Wand once, to know which one is right for me?
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