Last week, D.G. Watson got #BEspoken and showed you how to use meditation to overcome your fear of public speaking. Today, we’re sharing an infographic we received from Lydia Bailey, Content Coordinator over at Mastersprogramsguide.com. Lydia created this infographic to help advanced degree students develop versatile professional skills, and we think it’s fantastic. What do you think?
“For a lot of people, public speaking is worse than a death sentence. This graphic helps to explain why public speaking is so scary to certain individuals and ways to get over it. The fear of public speaking is known as “glossophobia”. Many Americans report they fear it more than heights, flying, drowning, and small spaces. Some people fear it from having past traumatic experiences with public speaking, such as being made fun of in school. Extreme cases can even be selective mutism, preventing the person from speaking at all in certain situations. Selective mutism can also be a social anxiety disorder affecting 1 in 8 children. Much of the anxiety associated with public speaking can be changed by the way a person thinks about it. The speaker needs to accept that a poor attempt does not mean that every public speaking engagement will go badly.”
Bespoken co-founders Leah Bonvissuto and Jackie Miller channel years of professional theater experience into training people to be better communicators and powerful speakers. Our work is customized, on-your-feet and interactive, and designed to improve communication and presentation skills, confidence, presence and emotional intelligence. Rooted in powerful yet practical theater techniques, we provide personalized, in-the-moment feedback to optimize retention and growth. We believe everyone has an innate ability to communicate powerfully and purposefully.