Glossophobia-The Fear of public speaking

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Transmittal Message

December 20, 2006

Rejwana Farha

Lecturer, School of Business

North South University

Banani, Dhaka.

Dear Miss Farha,

Here is the report on the study of "Glossophobia-The Fear of Public Speaking" that you asked us to prepare.

In this report you will get familiar with our inspection of "glossophobia". We particularly focused on its symptoms, awareness amongst people and methods using which "glossophobia" can be reduced. We have surveyed several students to find out actual problems while speaking in public and more specifically to find ways by which we can get rid of this phobia.

We appreciate the fact that you have allowed us to do this report. It helped us learn a lot of interesting facts about "glossophobia" and also helped increase our confidence while speaking in public. If you need any assistance in interpreting this report please let us know. We are eagerly waiting for your response.

Sincerely Yours,

Naushin Karim Asif Khan

051-065-030 051-241-030

Mohammad Sabbir Jahangir Sultana Ferdous Sumi

051-004-030 051-173-030


'A person goes up to the podium to do a presentation. Even before he starts speaking his heart starts to beat and his mouth gets dry. He feels slightly nauseous. Once the person starts talking, the heart keeps beating rapidly and the person hears his voice tremble. The whole body starts shaking. He keeps on stammering and stuttering and prays to God for a quick end to his presentation.'

This is actually a common scenario we see everyday whenever people have to speak before others. "Glossophobia", the fear of speaking in public is rated as only second to the fear of snakes and before the fear of dying.

Symptoms include intense anxiety prior to or simply at the thought of having to verbally communicate with any group, avoidance of...