If the thought of standing up in front of people – whether that be five of your colleagues or 150 strangers in a lecture theatre – strikes you down with a paralysing fear, you're not alone. A social anxiety, having a fear of public speaking (also known as glossophobia) is more common than you may realise and can affect even the most seemingly confident people. In fact, Wikipedia tells us that: "It has been estimated that 75% of all people experience some degree of anxiety/nervousness when public speaking."
Whenever this anxiety kicks in, it's because the flight/fight/freeze area of our brain (the amygdala) has decided that the best course of action in that situation is to panic, and a huge amount of adrenaline and cortisol (stress hormones) are released. The symptoms of a public speaking phobia can be varied – from stuttering and pausing, to nausea, sweating, shaking, panic attacks and having the desperate need to get ourselves out of the situation, amongst others.
But help can be sought. There are many avenues for those wanting to overcome this crippling affliction – psychotherapy and CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) are just two recognised successful ways of treating the phobia. And Solution Focused hypnotherapy incorporates both of these therapies, making it a brilliant way of changing these feelings and habitual templates.
Or, it might be that you don't have a phobia per se, but you would really like some public speaking tips or presentation tips and help to hone your performance skills and confidence levels when giving speeches and talks. We can help with that, too! Maybe you need to give presentations at work, perhaps you have a wedding speech coming up soon or maybe you would just like to be able to project yourself.
If you suffer from a fear of public speaking and would like to make positive changes, or you would like to be more confident in your presentation skills, get in touch with our understanding therapist and let us help you. You'll be surprised at the difference you could make to your life*. Call us now on 07975 824378 or contact us using the form here.
*Hypnotherapy is an effective method of treatment, however success is not guaranteed and full client commitment is important. For example, listening to our accompanying therapeutic audio tracks between sessions is a vital element in the process and participation is required. This will be fully explained in the initial consultation. Results may vary from person to person.