Who doesn’t feel their heart rate and blood pressure go up before giving a speech? You lie if you say you don’t! We all get a little dry in the throat and begin to sweat before heading out on stage. I used to sweat so much that I now wear nylon undershirts so it doesn’t bleed through.
The symptoms of Glossophobia are having an intense self-doubt prior to having to verbally communicate to a group. Another is when you go out of your way to avoid events where you may be called on to give a talk (hide under the radar?). Finally, intense Glossophobia can lead to nausea, and a real anxiety attack.
So how do you overcome it? If you want to succeed in the world – your platform has to include speaking. Take training courses in public speaking. Join Toastmasters International, POWERtalk International or the Association of Speakers Clubs. The more you are in front of people, the less you will suffer from Glossophobia.