“Teacher: Hey you! 

Student: I?

Teacher: Yes you, stand up and read the first stanza of this poem. 

Student: Mmm… 

Teacher: Re read … don’t waste much time . I don’t have much time. READ! WHY DON’T YOU FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS?”

The student started to stutter and then she read the poem. The teacher vehemently scolded the child. After reading the paragraph her ears turned red , her heart throbbed like the beats of a drum, she then left the class shedding tears. 

After this incident she always hesitated to speak up in public , sometimes she became absent during those classes in which she had to present anything in front of the class.

Glossophobia, or a fear of public speaking, is a very common phobia and one that is believed to affect up to 75% of the population, causing anything from mild jitters to complete panic. It can limit opportunities

Sometimes it doesn’t even matter how small the group may be. 

Many times many students get easily rebuked for not being able to fully express themselves. This feeling may arise from the lack of self esteem. Many psychologists believe that this feeling may be linked to traumatic early life experience. If a child has been extremely ridiculed in the public , then that child can have these feelings. Sometimes parents chide their child for trivial matters, these may instigate a strong feeling of being a perfectionist, when the child fails to put things up to his or her ideals, then he or she may develop these feelings. Although the exact cause of glossophobia is unknown, this disorder may be due to a combination of genetic, environmental, biological, and psychological factors. This by understanding these causes and triggers may help to optimize and to prevent and treat glossophobia. 

If you experience anxiety in public speaking situations, you’re not alone. Many people find it challenging, but there are ways to manage it. There are a variety of effective treatments available for glossophobia, tailored to individual needs.Regular exercise and gradual exposure to public speaking can empower individuals to manage their anxiety.

  • Practice relaxation techniques like meditation or deep breathing to calm nerves before speaking.
  • Explore therapy, medication, and self-help strategies to find what works best for you.
  • Committing to overcoming glossophobia can lead to increased confidence and communication skills.

With dedication and the right support, conquering glossophobia is a journey of self-discovery and growth.

Nervousness isn’t a weakness, it’s a sign you care! Let’s transform those butterflies into wings of confidence with proven strategies.


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