Resource 3: Unpacking the Fear of Public Speaking


Unpacking the Fear of Public Speaking


  • I am afraid of people making fun or thinking less of me.
  • I am afraid that people won't accept me for who I am.


  • I am afraid of not doing anything right.
  • I am afraid that I don't know what to do.
  • I am afraid of getting stuck, messing up, or missing something.


  • I am afraid I won't measure up to my past success.
  • I am afraid of letting people down.
  • I am afraid that I won't be able to achieve my goals.


  • I need to know that my natural style and approach is valuable.
  • I need to know that everyone struggles and makes mistakes.
  • I need to know that someone is rooting for me to succeed.


  • I need to know how to get started with every new skill and activity.
  • I need more time to experiment, try, and practice.
  • I need clear directions and specific criticism to get me to the next level.
  • I need concrete next steps on how I can make my own improvements.


  • I need to know what it feels like to succeed.
  • I need to lower the stakes so that the situation is less scary.
  • I need to know that if I make a mistake, people will still be there for me.
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