One of the most important skills we can develop is our ability to communicate. As young children, our nonverbal communication skills are a good indication of our emotions, desires, and achievements. As we mature, many people stop the process of fully developing their public speaking skills. The results of not progressing often end up as a fear of public speaking. This further intensifies a lack of confidence and becomes a vicious cycle of anxiety and fear each time an adult has to speak publicly.
The anxious preteen becomes the fearful advocate for adolescents of public speaking fears. Teenagers often are overwhelmed by their fear of giving a presentation at school. University student finds themselves struggling and challenged by delivering an oral paper to their classmates. The adult employee tries to avoid speaking in any group environment thus prohibiting their maintaining or possible promotion in their work.
Even seniors are afflicted with this fear which was not addressed in childhood and allowed to progress to unmanageable levels of discomfort throughout their lives. More and more people are now working past the traditional retirement age due to a combination of financial needs, worrying about outliving their money, and a desire to want to stay active and relevant as they age. These communication skills are needed throughout life.
There is an easy solution to this problem. No matter what stage in life you are in, there is HELP. Sign up for a public speaking course or contact a Professional Voice Coach and Trainer, like me, to begin the enriching journey of overcoming the fear of public speaking, and to learn the skills, mindset, and tools to survive and thrive in today’s changing world.
Bette Elly Klimitz