The fear of public speaking is intimately free-falling and gut-wrenching. While several reasons human beings feel nervous before they get on or when they are actually on stage are universal, a couple others have not yet been defined. To see what you can relate to, please go through the entire discussion right now.
- Coming Across as Dumb
There are so many people who believe their knowledge is better than yours. Perhaps they think you are not worthy of giving a speech in front of them. Guess what? The world is full of different types of people. The word ‘hater’ did not appear just like that. Instead of worrying about coming across as dumb in front of them, you must concentrate on helping others who perceive you as worthy.
- Being Judged
The people planning on overcoming fear of public speaking said they are most afraid of being judged. Here is a reality check. Everyone forms opinions about everyone. You and I do it too. You must learn to accept the fact that you will be judged. Try to make your case and the people will hopefully judge you accurately depending on the message you just conveyed.
- Rebuke by the Internal Critic
Another way of putting this is saying you are afraid of yourself. Does it really sound weird? Who knows our weaknesses better than us? No one! Your internal critic knows what exactly to say to make you feel like a loser. You may hear phrases in your mind such as ‘give up already’, ‘you are an embarrassment’, ‘you will never succeed’, etc. It is natural that you would want to avoid this rebuke.
- Forgetting the Message
This ranks pretty high on the scale of fear. When you evaluate this particular fear, you will notice that is an amalgamation of committing a mistake, looking stupid, and then being judged by others. The physical effects of this fear tend to contribute more to forgetfulness. Once you forget a speech on the stage, the overall feeling will continue haunting you for the rest of your life.
- Imposter Syndrome
People have really strange thoughts of others finding out that they are a fraud and that all their accomplishments are consequence of sheer luck. The speaker feels they are not skilled enough to be giving a speech on a particular topic even though it is in reality their forte. Imposter syndrome is purely associated with self-confidence and is much more common that you may realize.
- Not Knowing How to Answer a Question
You have prepared well and delivered your speech without any hassle too. But now comes the dreadful Q/A session. You do not know the answer to the very first question someone from the audience asks. You are now sure that the audience is doubtful about the content of your speech. Be creative when you do not how to respond a question. You can tell a personal story or simply circle back to them later.
Maybe you can relate to only two or three of the reasons from the aforementioned list. It is also natural that what one person is afraid of is a piece of cake for another. The fears of others must never be belittled just because they do not impact you. Expose them. Suppression or negligence for too long will just wreak havoc.