Seventy-four percent of Americans suffer emotionally and psychologically from speech anxiety affecting their ability to speak in public. Their fear of humiliation kills confidence. If you suffer from public speaking anxiety, you will avoid situations that require you to speak in front of others. There are different reasons people react emotionally to public speaking.
If you worry too much about your appearance and presentation, you get anxious. Secretly, you seek the approval of your audience. Spending too much time on your appearance can make you anxious. You start to sweat and in extreme situations, suffer an emotional breakdown. Spend as much time on yourself as you would on your presentation. Choose an outfit that boosts your confidence, and carry an extra outfit in case you feel the need to change. Try different public speaking methods and stick with one that makes you feel confident. Additionally, do not worry about yourself; let your presentation speak for itself.
Fear of Humiliation
Every time you present yourself to people, you want them to see the best version of you. However, this can sometimes work against you. The fear of humiliation can crop up before you speak in public, affecting your composure. You might feel teary or become sweaty. Deal with the situation by focusing on the positive. Understand that you cannot control your audience’s perception of you, and work on making the best out of the moment. Take deep breaths, relax and look at the situation as an opportunity to excel.
Poor self-esteem affects you every time you have to present yourself in public. You fear that your audience will judge you or that you are not good enough to appear in front of people. You also lose confidence in your presentation and start to expect that it will fail. Fortunately, this is not the case. People will judge you even when you make an excellent presentation. Understand that people who attend your speech have a genuine interest in your presentation and will focus more on what you have to say.
Stress from your personal or professional life can cause anxiety during or before a public speaking event. Pressure from home or work can also affect your preparation for the speech. As the presentation nears, you become anxious and start to panic. The fear of public speaking combined with stress from other areas in your life can affect your confidence and eloquence in public speaking.
Poor Understanding of the Topic
Understanding your topic boosts your confidence before you face the public. If you are unsure of the topic or do not believe in your presentation, you become anxious. You might get angry or frustrated at yourself and those around you. Alternatively, you panic and become overly afraid of making a fool of yourself.
Emotional reaction to public speaking is a common occurrence, and you can manage it at an individual level. However, extreme reaction to public speaking anxiety may require professional help. Note that being emotional can improve your public speaking; it shows your passion on the topic you are addressing.