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Glossophobia or speech anxiety is the fear of public speaking or of speaking in general. The word glossophobia comes from the Greek glossa, meaning tongue, and phobos, fear or dread. Many people only have this fear, while others may also have social phobia or social anxiety disorder.

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  1. 1. Glossophobia
  2. 2. Prepared By TM Manu Melwin Joy Kerala Toastmasters Area – G3,Division G District 92, India. Phone – 9744551114 Mail – manu_melwinjoy@yahoo.com Kindly restrict the use of slides for personal purpose. Please seek permission to reproduce the same in public forms and presentations.
  3. 3. Contents • What is Glossophobia? • Facts about Glossophobia. • Symptoms of Glossophobia. • Glossophobia : Greatest fear. • Reasons for Glossophobia. • Great people who had Glossophobia. • Overcoming Glossophobia.
  4. 4. What is Glossophobia?
  5. 5. Facts about Glossophobia
  6. 6. Facts about Glossophobia • Fact 1 : Fear of public speaking has negative effects on careers and influences success in life negatively when you do nothing about it. • Fact 2 :Three out of every four individuals suffer from speech anxiety: that’s 75 percent. • Fact 3 : Up to 5 percent of the world population, yes, hundreds of millions aged between 18 and 54, experience this kind of social phobia in any given year.
  7. 7. Facts about Glossophobia • Fact 4 : Women and men are equally affected. Although there are fear of public speaking statistics that present figures in which more women suffer from speech anxiety related problems. • Fact 5 : More men than women seek treatment to cure fear of public speaking. Some public speakers have turned to beta-blockers or hypnosis therapy to find relief. • Fact 6 : Social phobias often start with shyness in childhood or early adolescence, and progresses during adolescence, according to scientific studies of fear of public speaking statistics.
  8. 8. Symptoms of Glossophobia
  9. 9. Glossophobia : Greatest fear
  10. 10. Reasons for Glossophobia
  11. 11. Why do people fear public speaking? • Saying or doing something to embarrass themselves. • Saying or doing something that will damage their career or reputation. • Fear of forgetting what are going to say. • Fear of others will see them as lacking. • Fear of rejection. • Fear that no one will respond. • Fear that someone will question them and they wont be able to answer.
  12. 12. Great people who had Glossophobia
  13. 13. Abraham Lincoln • Unpublished 1860 letter by Abraham Lincoln Shows ‘Nervous’ Side.” Lincoln reveals in the letter that public speaking is the cause of his nervousness. • Lincoln wrote the letter on March 6, 1860, after he had delivered a high-profile speech at Cooper Union, the science and art college in New York City. His speech, on the need to control the spread of slavery to the territories, had an “electrifying” effect on his audience.
  14. 14. Winston Churchill • Winston Churchill had a tremendous fear of public speaking. Early in his political career he would spend hours preparing for each speech. With time, he improved. • At the peak of his career, Churchill could give eloquent impromptu speeches — several of which are credited with changing the course of history.
  15. 15. Mahatma Gandhi • Gandhi was afraid of public speaking. He was very shy. He gave up a case because he did not have the courage to speak. • Because of his shyness it was becoming hard for him to continue his practice as a barrister. Later on, in South Africa Mahatma Gandhi was able to overcome his shyness.
  16. 16. Overcoming Glossophobia
  17. 17. Practice • British Prime minister Winston Churchill was one of the top-rated public speakers and regarded as the most powerful orator of the twentieth century. His style is not my favorite, but one of his secrets to being a great speaker was in his relentless preparation. • Churchill devoted one hour of research and rehearsal for every one minute he would speak in public. So for a 20 minute speech he would prepare 20 hours.