6 fears of public speaking-a new lesson for speakers


Public speaking

Glassophobia or fear of public speaking is one of the biggest fears that affect almost 75% of the overall population globally. The fear of death is next to fear of public speaking. This shows people will prefer to die than to speak publicly. Some are a bit of nervous on the thought of speaking in front of people while others are in full panic and anxiety.

The level of fear of public speaking varies from a quivering voice to shaking hands and trembling body. This is mostly seen in young people than in elderly population. The exact cause might be unknown but all starts from childhood. Biological, genetic, environmental and psychological factors play a major contribution in it.

The fear of public speaking is a vast area that is dependent on some the fears that are listed below

  1. Fear of doubt
  2. Fear of failure
  3. Failure of nervousness
  4. Fear of competition
  5. Fear of embarrassment
  6. Fear of time


1.1 Fear of doubt:

Doubt is a hurdle in a good speech. It makes a smooth session full of obstacles. Any sort of doubt that a person has it all clear from the speech. This makes the situation all awkward. So once you doubt yourself, the audience does the same. The fear is considering what one is speaking is not in accordance to the topic. The accent is not fine, and the confidence shatters in the doubt.

1.2 Fear of failure:

The fear of failing can be paralyzing for one. It stops one from moving forward. It creates a resisting force against stepping ahead. It stops from doing anything. It creates a wall between the person and the milestone to be achieved. The big doors remain unopened. The message to be delivered through speech remains hidden behind the fear and the stage becomes the failure at the very beginning.

1.3 Fear of nervousness:

Quivering voice, shaking hands, trembling body and sweat all over shows nothing but a nervous person. It is most obvious fear of those who can’t speak publicly. Thinking of other’s expressions, trying to analyze them and let them invade all over your nerves makes it inevitable. A nervous person not only creates a chaos in himself but a wave of disturbance among all. This does nothing but increase the nervousness of the person making him uncomfortable.

Different forms of fear on stage

1.4 Fear of competition:

Competition exists; it’s everywhere, among humans and even among other living organisms. It is part of life. It makes everyone to do and strive for best. Those who face it, find a totally positive perspective. Being on the table of confidence, one finds out his strength and the weakness and of course a way out to overcome the weakness.

Sometimes, it’s not the fear of competition but fear of perfectionism. Not letting your skills to fully flourish in front of those who are or can do better will do nothing good but be confined in a vessel.

1.5 Fear of embarrassment:

What if I will forget something, what will happen if I just fell while moving around, what is going to be the situation if I took too long or spent a little time while explaining myself? The fear of embarrassment never let you to be yourself. This will never let you express you your best. This will just imprint a confused, unclear and muddled image of speaker on the audience. And the story will end far earlier than it starts.

1.6 Fear of time:

“Time is biggest healer”, is a most common quote often heard and said in state of depression. But time can be a biggest trench, and the one with fear of losing it can simply fall in it without any difficulty. The fear is often faced by most ordered and oriented speakers. These people fear if time slips out of hand and they are unable to finish the talk.



Public speaking is not the ball of everyone’s court, neither all have all the fears. The type and severity of fears differs from person to person. It is necessary to identify the fears, and above all overcome the fears.


Authors Bio

Author is known as Amms Navid. She is a dietitian and a content writer who writes nutrition and health related articles in freelance market.