Public Speaking Fears & Phobias
As a Hypnotherapist I see many people that are deadly afraid of public speaking. It has been said that people fear speaking in public more than they fear death itself, meaning they would rather die than speak in front of a crowded room.
Most people who seek out Hypnosis to overcome their fear or phobia of public speaking, experience the same symptoms when they encounter (or sometimes only think of) a situation where they have to give a talk. To most it doesn’t matter whether it is just getting up in front of a small group of people at a business networking group, give a toast at a wedding, or speak in front of a very large crowd at a convention. To the mind the amount of people usually doesn’t matter. People’s hearts start to race, their palms get sweaty, their mouth and throat get dry, their hands start to shake, their concentration goes out the window, they may forget their words, and ultimately they really just want to run as fast as they can.
Although there are many classes and workshops that are offered on helping individuals with the skills of public speaking, very few address the internal dialogue, or the feelings that people experience around it.
Recently my fear and anxiety about public speaking became a real liability, so I enlisted the help of Christian Wasinger.
After my first meeting with him, I presented to three large groups without any anxieties, and after my second appointment, I spoke at a dinner with 350 people in attendance and enjoyed it.
I highly recommend Christian’s services and training to senior-level executives and to those who have to make an impact with their speaking. He fixed my lifelong fear of public speaking in record time, and helped me to become a better presenter.
– Louise Andres
Director, IBM Consulting Group
For most if not all those fears are caused by their subconscious mind. It is something that is beneath their consciousness that triggers the feelings and fears.
I have worked with many individuals experiencing the above. Surprisingly many of them in upper level management positions and even CEO’s of very large companies that do have to give presentations on a quite regular basis. One would never know that they have a problem with public speaking. They seem to have managed it quite well, though we can’t really know what is truly going inside of their minds or bodies. Usually within they are shaking, are nervous, and may even count the seconds until they can get off stage. They may be able to manage the symptoms of their fears better than others, yet the symptoms are still there. It is impossible to get rid of these fears using our rational, intellectual mind, since we didn’t rationally and intellectually decide to instill them in first place.