Fear Speaking-Fear of Public Speaking Hypnosis

Fear of public speaking is the fear of speaking in front of people. This can be one or two people up to many thousands of people. Many people only have this fear, while others may also have social fears.

Stage fright may be a symptom of fear of public speaking.

Symptoms include:
intense fear prior to, or simply at the thought of having to verbally communicate with any group (large or small), avoidance of events which focus the group's attention on individuals in attendance, physical distress, nausea, or feelings of panic in such circumstances.

The more specific symptoms of speech fear can be grouped into three categories: physical, verbal, and non-verbal. Physical symptoms result from the symphatetic part of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) responding to the situation with a “fight or flight” reaction. Since the modus operandi of the symphatetic system is all-or-nothing, adrenalin secretion produces a wide array of symptoms at once - all of which are supposed to enhance your ability to fight or escape a dangerous scenario. These symptoms include acute hearing, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, dilated pupils, increased perspiration, increased oxygen intake, stiffening of neck/upper back muscles, and dry mouth. Some of these may be alleviated by drugs such as beta-blockers, which bind to the adrenalin receptors of the heart, for example. The verbal symptoms include, but are not limited to a tense voice, a quivering voice, and repetition of “Umms” and “Ahhs”—vocalized pauses—which tend to comfort anxious speakers. One form of speech fear is dysfunctional speech fear, in which the intensity of the “fight or flight” response prevents an individual from performing effectively. Many people report stress-induced speech disorders which are only present during public speech. Some people who suffer with fear of public speaking have been able to dance, perform in public, or even to speak (such as in a play) or sing if they cannot see the audience, or if they feel that they are presenting a character or stage persona rather than themselves.

Estimated 95% of all speakers experience some degree of fear/nervousness when public speaking.

Help and relief

Hypnosis for public speaking and being trained by a hypnotist to practice self hypnosis has proven to be very effective at reducing and eliminating these type of responses.