Glossophobia, or the fear of speaking in public, is one of the most common fears. The phobia stems from a fear of being embarrassed and judged, according to an article by Forbes magazine. Unfortunately, for many people, public speaking is something they must do every day.
The following organisations are dedicated to helping members overcome their fears and to become better speakers. This can have positive results for your professional life and will also make you a more confident person.
Toastmasters is a non-profit organisation with hundreds of clubs throughout Australia. The club provides a curriculum that allows members to improve their communcation and leadership skills at their own pace and in a friendly, low pressure environment. Although each club is different, they usually meet every couple of weeks for one to three hours. Meetings are structured to allow everyone a chance to speak. You will find a list of Australian Toastmaster clubs here.
PowerTalk is also a world wide organisation of not for profit public speaking clubs. The organisation is suitable for novices and more experienced public speakers who wish to improve. Members can receive constructive criticism on their skills in a supportive environment, or they can undertake a short course or accredited training program. You can join PowerTalk online and use the website to find a club near you.
Whether you require public speaking skills for your career or would just like to become a more confident person, joining a public speaking club can help you overcome your fear.
What age group?
I have a grand-son who was a debater and public speaker in Primary and High School.
Now a Uni student, I think this would be 'right up his alley'!
In Year 6 he won the NSW Premier's Public Speaking award for his local Primary School.
By Gloria - reader Saturday, 30th of November @ 09:57 pm