Public Speaking Is Scary: Here’s How to Get Over Your Fear

More than 40 percent of Americans admit to a fear of public speaking.

In fact, public speaking is the country’s top phobia, according to a 2011 Gallup poll.

Dubbed glossophobia, it’s ranked scarier than spiders, darkness, heights, and even death. Symptoms can include intense anxiety, nausea, shaking, a quavering voice, and panic attacks. Even when it doesn’t reach the levels of outright phobia, public speaking still provokes nerves—up to 75 percent of people experience speech anxiety.

If you’re one of the many people who dread speaking in front of a crowd, then you have two options.

You can spend your life trying to come up with excuses to get out of public speaking, which will require a lot of time, energy, and lost opportunities. Or you can face the fear head on and adopt strategies that help you reduce and maybe even overcome your fear of public speaking for good.

Here’s how.

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