For many of us, the idea of public speaking fills us with dread. Everyone’s eyes are focused on you. It can be nerve-racking, to say the least. For people with glossophobia, a social anxiety disorder that goes beyond normal worrying or nervousness, public speaking can cause strong fears that may seem out of proportion to others.
Symptoms include rapid heart rate, trembling, sweating and shortness of breath; your body may go into classic fight-or-flight mode. Doctors can prescribe psychotherapy and medications to help treat the condition but other methods, such as public speaking workshops, could also help sufferers prepare for that dreaded speech or presentation.