Public speaking anxiety (Glossophobia) is one of the more common phobias. Most people can relate to the experience of feeling deep levels of fear and anxiety speaking in groups settings.
It is said people who suffer from a public speaking phobia generally have had a negative experience speaking in a group setting early in life. It is from this sensitising event that anxiety forms in order to avoid similar future scenarios.
Often many have no idea from where the anxiety arises.
Research indicates that public speaking related anxiety is a distinct sub type of social anxiety (1). Some of the most confident people in the world have high levels of anxiety in group and public presentations but don’t experience other forms of anxiety in other areas of their life.
Symptoms of a Public Speaking Phobia
Most clients remark that the worst symptom is the unrelenting fear that leads up to a presentation or speech. Whether this be in a boardroom setting, or in a more formal group presentation arrangement.
This fear is felt physically as much as it’s felt psychologically.
Sweating, tremors, nausea, chest tightness, dizziness, blushing and insomnia are a small snapshot of what a public speaking phobia presents (2).
Two Basic Techniques to Take the Edge off Public Speaking Anxiety:
I don’t believe there is a more effective way than helping resolve a public speaking phobia than hypnotherapy.
But here are some quick methods to help reduce some anxiety if you need something fast to help reduce the fear.
- I’m a big fan of the 4,7,8 breathing technique. Simply do 8 rounds of the following. Be sure to be lying or sitting in a relaxed and safe position. Take a deep breath through the nostrils for a count of 4. Hold that breath for a count of 7 and then release the breath from the mouth for a count of 8. After 8 rounds you should feel a significant state change.
I perform this technique daily to help release any underlying level of stress. As of yet, there are no scientific studies that show the efficacy of this method. According to this gentlemen on YouTube, the technique can help you fall asleep also.
- The following is a self hypnosis technique I learned from a good book I will link. It involves doing three things. First you breath in slowly through the nose at the same time as you roll your eyes back towards the roof of your head. When that breath has complete, slowly allow your eyelids to close as you breath out. If performed correctly, you should feel physically and mentally better after multiple rounds (3).
Who are my clients?
Most of my clients are business people that need to reduce or remove the anxiety so that moving forward they can present to their colleagues in a confident, positive manner. They may be looking for a promotion or have just received one.
When you receive a job promotion that requires more presentations and more boardroom speeches, it no doubt increases performance pressure.
Most don’t have the time to deal with this anxiety and simply want it resolved.
What's your program?
The program consists of 3-6 x 1 hour sessions. Some clients end up seeing me for longer to deal with related and unrelated issues.
Each program is individualised to suit your needs but broadly speaking, we cover the following.
- In the first session we will discuss your relevant history, allowing me to understand aspects of your anxiety, the environment in which it arises and the frequency. An explanation of hypnosis will be given as well as a hypnotic intervention.
- In the second and third sessions we will focus on specific feelings and sensations as well as reinforcing the positive changes that were made in the first.
- Self hypnosis training will be given allowing you to further reinforce feelings of relaxation and calmness in the future, further enhancing confidence and performance levels during your speaking opportunities.
- More sessions are utilised provided they’re needed
If you would like to book, please click the orange button below and follow the prompts. Fees and the appointment location can be found on the linked page. Feel free to read my Google reviews if you would like to get a sense of what participants have felt from my hypnotherapy. If you have any questions, you’re welcome to contact me via the contact page or simply book online.
Further Reading & Resources
You may like to read the abstract of the following study. The study highlighted the potential efficacy of hypnosis in helping people reduce their anxiety around public speaking.
The study found participants in both treatment groups received beneficial outcomes with hypnosis intervention compared to the wait list control group.
The study can be found here.
Another study that showed hypnosis as a beneficial intervention can be found here.
Updated: March 2018