The fear of public speaking is the most common phobia ahead of death, spiders, or heights. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that public speaking anxiety, or glossophobia, affects about 73% of the population. That tells you that when your stomach is in knots, your notecards are a crinkled mess, and you’re sweating bullets before a big presentation, you are not alone. Almost three-quarters of the population is with you in that moment which is oddly comforting, but let’s focus on ways to reduce or eliminate that anxiety altogether. Public speaking and presentation is an incredibly valuable skill that crosses over almost every industry. Check out the tips below to help you fake being a great public speaker until you become a great public speaker. Practice is everything!
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