Thursday, January 27, 2011

Conquering Glossophobia

It is one of the most common phobias.

Some would suggest more than 95% of the any population suffers from this condition at some level. Which means, odds are that as you are reading this post, you may be asking yourself:"

"What about me"?

"Am I glossophobic?"?

Glossophobia is the fear of public speaking. Statistically, far more of us claim we would prefer death to giving a speech. Or as Jerry Seinfeld used to joke, At a a funeral, most people would rather be dead, lying in the casket than alive and up there delivering the eulogy".

If you suffer from glossophobia you duck out of any opportunity to speak in public. Symptoms can be so severe you get terribly embarrassed and fearful of any public speaking. This fear may surface in the classroom where the student prays the teacher won't call his name to answer a question or ask him to deliver an oral presentation. It can happen at work when a manager experiences panic attacks at the thought of making a presentation to her superiors. The thought of speaking in public can leave many frozen with fear, potentially wrecking many academic, social, and career opportunities.

But if you can must the courage to get up in front of a crowd and deliver a presentation, you are doing what more than 95% of your competition won't do. You're automatically seen as an expert. Your personal brand, reputation and self-confidence grows with each speaking opportunity.

Which is why, if you suffer from glossophobia, a trip to the movie theatre to see "The King's Speech" would be a great first step to conquering this fear.

Based on a true life story, you may be inspired to see how "Bertie" did it.

Today's blog is being written poolside from a sun-drenched resort in the Dominican Republic where has wrapped up its annual national conference. Four years ago, the company launched "Speaker's Guild", which gives its franchisees an opportunity to present before more than 150 of their peers on topics that matter to them. Invariably, these presentations wind up being a fascinating, nerve-wracking, roller-coaster journey for these franchisees who eventually wind up soaking in thunderous applause from an audience that stands to admire their accomplishment.

Not just for delivering a message.

But, for having the courage to get up there in the first place.

Which is why this post honors the efforts of Mike Perras from Sudbury, Ontario and the husband-and-wife team of Don and Elaine Lysons of Red Deer, Alberta.

On behalf of everyone who was here in the D.R. for what was titled "Business on the Beach", a sincere thank you goes to Mike, Don and Elaine for stepping up.

And conquering glossophobia.

"You can speak well if your tongue can deliver the message of your heart"

p.s.... a guy who knows a thing or two on this topic is Harvey Mackay.

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