Public Speaking Fear
Public speaking fear, or glossophobia to give it its technical name, is common. Nearly everyone is nervous to some degree when facing an audience. That can be a positive, because it prevents us from becoming complacent. But when a lack of confidence becomes a major obstacle to career, business or social activities, it is a different matter. It can often stop people from achieving all they might. Are you one of them? If so, we can help you to gain speaking confidence in a safe and supportive environment.
Speaking Confidently looks easy when you see someone else doing it. But for many people faced with the prospect of speaking in public, emotions range from anxiety to sheer terror. Perhaps public speaking is a rather misleading term. What we are talking about is speaking to any group of people, whatever the number, in any situation that goes beyond an informal conversation with family or friends. Context, comfort zone if you like, can have considerable bearing on our confidence and how we react. Public speaking fear can have many different symptoms including a racing heart, sweating, feeling light-headed, difficulty in breathing, shaking, dry mouth and even nausea. If you feel like this you are far from alone. Probably the majority of people who seek the help of a speakers club suffer apprehension to a greater or lesser degree when required to speak in public. But it can be overcome or, at least, managed.
Why Are We Nervous?
What makes us so apprehensive of something that is not at all dangerous? Why is speaking confidently such a challenge? The most common reason that people give is that they don’t want to make a fool of themselves, to look stupid. This may be as a result of something previously that hasn’t gone as well as we would have liked, which has undermined confidence. It may have its roots in some long forgotten incident, possibly in childhood. Or perhaps a lack of confidence in ourselves generally.
You Can Overcome Public Speaking Fear!
The good news is that it is possible to overcome our fears and to learn to speak confidently. In turn this will help with general confidence and self-esteem. Bromsgrove Speakers Club is friendly, welcoming and very supportive. We operate in a structured and professional manner but aim to have a lot of fun along the way. You will receive support and lots of encouragement from other members. Why not come along to see for yourself? You won't have to speak unless you want to!
Why You Should Join Us
Recently (2019) we asked our members what they would say to anyone considering joining the club. This is what they said.
“Bromsgrove Speakers Club provides a structured and supportive environment for learning. “
“In a friendly and positive learning experience one can make new friends and gain skills in public speaking in a structured way.”
“You’ll enjoy it!”
“I’d say it’s a very supportive environment, so no matter how nervous you are, it’s a place where you can make your mistakes, and build your confidence, ready for the real world.”
“By joining our speakers club one can grow in confidence and ability in prepared speeches and impromptu occasions.”
“You will reach a stage where you no longer concern yourself with being confident or not confident, because you will know that whatever comes your way, you can handle it.”
“The chance to practice speaking in a non-hostile, even friendly environment, where there are many levels of ability and opportunities to learn a variety of skills related to speaking before an audience.”