Fear of Public Speaking
Fear of Public Speaking Counselling in Wolverhampton, West Midlands
The Fear of Public Speaking is one of the most common phobias that people suffer from, including many people who have never made any kind of public speech. Its technical name is Glossophobia.
The thought of standing up in front of a crowd of strangers (or friends and colleagues) can turn even the most robust individual into a nervous wreck!
Many people cannot imagine anything much worse than having to get up and give a speech, or make a presentation at work!
For some, the fear of public speaking might create so much Anxiety that they would rather turn down a better paid job because it requires making presentations.
It is not uncommon for men to opt out of being their friends “best man” as they will be expected to make a speech at the wedding.
Symptoms of Fear of Public Speaking
Typically just the thought of having to get up and speak publicly can result in:
- Palms sweating
- Hands and legs developing the shakes
- Mouth Goes dry
- Thoughts start to race through the mind
- The heart starts to “pound”
- The memory goes completely blank
- Feeling like you’re blushing terribly
In fact, just about all of the symptoms associated with having a Panic Attack.
If you have suffered these “symptoms” when having to speak publicly, or develop these feelings at the prospect of having to do so, then you would almost certainly benefit from undertaking some sort of training or therapy.
You can also try these steps to overcome the Fear of Public Speaking on Wikihow.
The Fear of Public Speaking May Be Social Anxiety Disorder
In all of the cases that we have helped people to resolve their fear of public speaking it has been by recognising that this problem has an almost identical set of “cognitive distortions” as Social Anxiety Disorder.
Common underlying thoughts may be that:
- “I will make a fool of myself and people will think I’m an idiot”
- “I’ll forget or stumble over my words and people will think I’m stupid”
- “I’m not as clever as the other people and people will think I’m a fraud”
The common thread in these thoughts is that “other people” will come to some conclusion about them and almost always this is believed to be some sort of negative conclusion.
People hardly ever think to themselves..
I bet they’ll all think I’m brilliant at public speaking
.. even though they might be!
Help for Fear of Public Speaking
The distorted thinking present with Fear of Public Speaking may have been created by an actual negative experience that has now been “blown out of proportion” or indeed may be the result of “imagined experiences” which can lead to the same outcome – the experience of Anxiety.
If we can learn how to manage this distorted thinking using the tools and techniques contained in therapies such as the Thrive Programme (see below) or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, then we can also learn how to control the emotional experiences that we have – ie. manage the Anxiety.
It is also possible that people suffering from Fear of Public Speaking may have some other emotional or childhood trauma problems that are indirectly related to the problem itself but still create Fear and Anxiety.
In these cases, as it is may be more difficult to identify the distorted thinking associated with Fear of Public Speaking itself, following a course of Psycho-dynamic Therapy may be more beneficial.
Learn How to Thrive & Overcome Fear of Public Speaking
If you want to learn the tools, techniques and coping skills to overcome the fear of public speaking then you should consider following the Thrive Programme with Paul here at Tranceform Psychology.
Thrive is an evidence-based training programme that uses applied psychology and CBT principles to help you understand and then change any unhelpful thinking styles and limiting beliefs that have an adverse impact on your symptoms.
Over the course of ten one-hourly sessions you will learn about and develop personal insight into how your core beliefs have either helped or hindered you over your life course and then how to use a range of proven scientific methods to bring about changes which directly impact on your experience and the way that you feel.
Watch the Thrive Video
FREE Initial Consultations for Fear of Public Speaking
We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial assessment to chat about your Fear of Public Speaking. During this 50 minute consultation we will discuss the various options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.
At TranceForm we believe that therapy & coaching should be a collaboration between therapist and client so it’s very important to be able to meet PRIOR to agreeing any kind of help. Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking therapy with us, including both the financial and personal implications.
Thinking Errors Associated with Fear of Public Speaking
Public Speaking problems may be exacerbated by any number of common thinking errors that people tend to ‘suffer’.
You can find out more about each of these by clicking on the links below:-
- Catastrophising – Making mountains out of molehills
- All or Nothing Thinking – Ignoring the middle-ground
- Fortune Telling – Trying to predict the future
- Mind Reading – I know what you’re thinking!
- Emotional Reasoning – Feelings aren’t facts
- Overgeneralising – Always, Never and Everybody
- Labelling – Successful / Failure
- Imperative Thinking – I need to, I have to and I must
- Confirmation Bias – He didn’t mean I was good because I know I’m not
- Processing Positive Experiences – I didn’t really deserve that Nobel Prize
- Low Frustration Tolerance – It’s too hard I can’t stand it / I can take it I’m worth it
- Personalisation – it’s always my fault when things go wrong
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