Just the words “public speaking” can cause instant terror in some of us. In fact, many people have a real fear of talking in public and some research suggests it’s one of the most common fears in the UK. When faced with standing up in front of a group, we break into a sweat because we are afraid of rejection. Whether it’s making a speech at a wedding, giving a professional presentation or speaking in front of a small number of people, public speaking can cause our body to shake, our mind to go blank and our stomach to feel physically sick. Everything in our mind may be saying “run away now”, but public speaking requires us to deliver our speech fluently in spite of all these thoughts and feelings – which often seems impossible.
What is it about standing up and talking in front of other people that causes so much anxiety? The fear of public speaking is a form of social phobia, and our natural ‘fight or flight’ response takes over us – making us believe we’re in some kind of danger that we need to escape from. This can cause our throats to feel tight, our heart to beat faster, sweating, breathlessness, and a number of other symptoms. When faced with standing up in front of a group, we break into a sweat because we are afraid of rejection.
There are a number of reasons why we may suffer from a fear of public speaking, including:
- lack of confidence/self-esteem
- fear about making a mistake, saying the wrong thing or falling over
- fear of being the centre of attention
- being in an unfamiliar situation
- fear of being laughed at
- fear of forgetting what to say
- fear of being judged.
If you have ever found yourself in one of the above situations then hypnotherapy could well be the answer. Hypnosis has been found to be extremely successful for those suffering with a fear of public speaking. It can build confidence levels and allow you to remain calm and relaxed, while developing new positive ways of thinking and feeling. It can discover the root cause of the anxiety by helping you to change the way you think about it.
If you suffer from fear of public speaking, the first thing to do is contact the HypnoHut and book an initial free consult with us. We will assess with you what your needs are. During this we will explain to you how it all works, what to expect. Should you decide at that point that you would wish to proceed, we will develop a treatment plan that will enable and empower you to move beyond your fears.