Public speaking is one of the most common phobias that people experience. Before a big speech, you may feel your chest tighten up as your mouth goes dry. In moments, it seems like your entire speech vanished from your mind as you struggle to focus.
This type of experience is quite common for people who have a fear of public speaking. If you have a big speech coming up, there are ways to reduce the anxiety that you experience. With practice, you can learn how to feel confident and relaxed as you begin your next speech.
What Causes Your Fear of Public Speaking?
To end your public speaking fear, you have to start by figuring out where it came from. In childhood, your teacher may have had you speak in front of the group. You may have been made fun of by other children. You may have had a terrible speech at work. Whatever the reason, these negative memories and experiences have become a part of your psyche. Now, your subconscious mind returns to these memories from the past. You may not even realize that it happens.
Your mind’s main goal is to guide your actions and keep you safe. If you have had negative experiences with public speaking, your subconscious has learned to avoid these situations. Instead of giving you a boost of confidence, your mind tries to warn you away. It makes you feel fearful and anxious to stop you from being harmed. If you can figure out what caused this mental block, you can remove it.
Practice Makes Perfect
Every skill takes time to learn and perfect. Public speaking is the same way. No one is born with a natural ability to speak publicly. Don’t feel disheartened if you have to work at it. Start by memorizing your speech or the general outline. As you get the hang of it, try speaking in front of a mirror. In the mirror, you can adjust your mannerisms and see how you appear while giving the speech. If you have a friend who can help, get extra feedback from them.
Prepare to Be Hypnotized
Hypnosis is a key way to prepare yourself for public speaking. With hypnosis, you can remove the fears, memories and anxieties that are preventing you from speaking confidently in public. This completely natural state of mind takes you to a state of complete relaxation. While in this state, your mind will receive suggestions. You will be encouraged to relax and feel confident when you speak in public.
Research studies show that hypnosis is an effective way to handle stress and anxiety from daily life. Your body normally exhibits a “flight or fight” response when you are under stress. Hypnosis is one of the key ways that you can reverse this response and remove the stress. It helps you to end the anxieties that hold you back. With hypnosis, you can overcome your fear of public speaking.