Fear of public speaking tops the list of common phobias, ranking just above fear of death. But there’s a spectrum of feelings about presenting. Yes, some of us would rather be in the casket than deliver the eulogy, as Jerry Seinfeld put it, but others take the stage every chance they get—and most of us fall somewhere between those extremes. That’s because this particular fear has several different sources. The more of them we struggle with, the more intense our dread. But by addressing those worries and obstacles one by one, we can learn to present with greater ease and control. Communicators who feel most at ease with themselves, their material, and their audiences tend to be least fearful when presenting, and vice versa.
Here’s how you can start managing your emotional response and become a more effective presenter, given your answers in six key areas:
1. Confidence in Expertise
2. Extraversion vs. Introversion
3. Ability to Empathize
5. Optimism vs. Pessimism
6. Response to Perceived Threats
Click here to take this assessment. After you complete this assessment, you will be aware of issues you can address to quell your fears and improve your stage presence. The questions are drawn from scientifically validated tools used in psychological research. At the end, you’ll receive advice based on your responses.