“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.” – Jerry Seinfeld.
The fear of public speaking, also known as glossophobia, is one of the most common phobias in the world. In fact, studies show that 75 percent of people suffer from speech anxiety. The fear that we experience is mainly adrenaline-based; adrenaline is your body’s way of preparing you for crucial moments.This means the fear is unpleasant, but it is not crippling. In fact, with some work, anyone can conquer their fear of public speaking. Here are five tips for perfecting your public speaking skills, so that you can kill it the next time you go up in front of a crowd!