Public Speaking Anxiety

Public Speaking Anxiety, or Glossophobia, as it is scientifically referred to is the number one fear in the USA. Glōssa, means tongue, and phobos, fear or dread. Scared tongue!

glossophobia - public speaking anxiety


It isn’t your tongue that is scared, it is usually manifested in your hands and your knees. Wet hands and shaking knees are the most common outward signs in an individual that is scared to speak in public or in front of a group.

Wikipedia indicates there are symptoms for this:

  • intense anxiety prior to, or simply at the thought of having to verbally communicate with any group,
  • avoidance of events which focus the group’s attention on individuals in attendance,
  • physical distress, nausea, or feelings of panic in such circumstances.

Everyone that experiences this, has some or all of these symptoms. Overcoming the fear, or anxiety, does not mask the symptoms, but helps the individual to control them and make them diminish. I have experienced Toastmasters that no longer have wet palms or a shaky voice now that they have the skills to speak.

Below is a nice compilation image about public speaking, compliments of Masters Program Guide.

How to Master Public Speaking

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