Apr 27, 2012

Public Speaking – Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Audience?

French philosopher Jean de la Bruyere said, “There are certain things in which mediocrity is not to be endured, such as poetry, music, painting, public speaking”.  Wouldn’t you agree?  There isn’t much worse that to sit through a presentation, whether in a large convention or in an office setting, where a person can’t effectively communicate.

An interesting fact is that most people are more afraid of public speaking than death.  Would you like to know to what degree you have this fear of public speaking?  Download the following Excel spreadsheet and take this simple assessment: Fear of Public Speaking Assessment

Here are just a few thoughts on what the numbers indicate:

Low  – Your fear of public speaking phobia is Low if your score is up to 15 points. You actually have no phobia. Your feelings and motions in front of an audience are normal tensions every public speaker has in the beginning. They can be overcome with a good night rest and breathing exercises. Nothing to worry about.

Moderate – If your score is up to 45 points. Welcome to the club! Like the majority you are feeling very uncomfortable. Nerves and tensions influence your behavior seriously. But there is a way out.

Severe – If your score is more than 45 points. You suffer from the phobia fear of public speaking. You avoid any situation that might include public speaking. You hate making and giving presentation speeches. It’s extremely difficult for you to speak in front of a group. But, you are aware of the necessity ánd the possibilities to cure your fear of public speaking phobia.

 Depending on where you rated yourself will determine what and how much you need to do if public speaking is an important part of your life.  I’ll discuss some of this in my next post.

Creating forward motion,

Dr. Edward Lewellen

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