Overcoming Psychological Barriers

This is a topic that gets overlooked time and time again, primarily because it is uncomfortable to talk about. The fear of standing up in front of an audience and the vulnerability that accompanies it are viewed as weaknesses, not strengths. Those that are affected by this are ridiculed and told to “… just get over it.” Careless statements like these are enough to shatter confidence and destroy self-esteem. Embarrassed and ashamed, they avoid it like the plague. All it takes is one traumatic speaking experience at a young and impressionable age when our egos are fragile and we need the most encouragement for a tragic prophecy to come true. It could not be expressed any better than in the words of Gerry Seinfeld: “According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.”