Just the words “public speaking” can cause instant terror in some of us. In fact, many people have a real fear of talking in public and some research suggests it’s one of the most common fears in the UK. Whether it’s making a speech at a wedding, giving a professional presentation or speaking in front of a small number of people, public speaking can cause our body to shake, our mind to go blank and our stomach to feel physically sick. Everything in our mind may be saying “run away now”, but public speaking requires us to deliver our speech fluently in spite of all these thoughts and feelings – which often seems impossible.
What is it about standing up and talking in front of other people that causes so much anxiety? The fear of public speaking is a form of social phobia, and our natural ‘fight or flight’ response takes over us – making us believe we’re in some kind of danger that we need to escape from. This subconscious response can cause our throats to feel tight, our heart to beat faster, sweating, breathlessness, sickness and a number of other symptoms.
The good news however, is that you have the ability to re-educate your mind to no longer see public speaking as a threat, and therefore create more appropriate responses for those situations that require you to talk in public.
Each and everyone of us as an individual has the resources inside us to change.
Hypnotherapy can really help individuals suffering from a fear of speaking in public. Hypnotherapy can deal with the problem by communicating with the subconscious mind to re-evaluate thinking patterns and behaviour. Hypnotherapy can also help you to control your fear.
If you suffer from fear of speaking in public, the first thing to do is contact the HypnoHut and book an initial free consult with us. We will assess with you what your needs are. During this we will explain to you how it all works, what to expect. Should you decide at that point that you would wish to proceed, we will develop a treatment plan that will enable and empower you to move beyond your fear of speaking in public.