Conquering the Fear of Public Speaking
by Amy Scholten, MPH
Sweaty palms. Upset stomach. Lightheadedness. Short breaths. Fast heartbeats. These might sound like symptoms of the flu. But if you have a fear of public speaking, you may know the feeling.
A Common Condition
First, know that you are not alone. Fear of speaking in public is very common. It includes fear of:
However, a bit of fear can actually help you be a better speaker. You can use it to push yourself to success!
Ways to Overcome Your Fear
You can overcome your fear of public speaking. Try these tips:
The National Speakers Association
Canadian Management Centre
Canadian Institute for Knowledge Development
Public speaking tips. Toastmasters International website. Available at: https://www.toastmasters.org/resources/public-speaking-tips. Accessed June 24, 2021.
Social anxiety disorder. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/social-anxiety-disorder. Accessed June 24, 2021.
Speech anxiety. University of Pittsburg website. Available at: https://www.comm.pitt.edu/speech-anxiety. Accessed June 24, 2021.
30 ways to manage speaking anxiety. University of Iowa website. Available at: https://counseling.uiowa.edu/self-help/30-ways-to-manage-speaking-anxiety/. Accessed June 24, 2021.
Last reviewed June 24, 2021 by EBSCO Medical Review Board
Last Updated: 6/24/2021
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