More Americans have a fear of public speaking than any other type of phobia. Millions of people become nervous when they are required to speak in front of other people. The fear of public speaking can also cause the heart rate to increase, shaking hands, a dry mouth and perspiration among other physical symptoms.
There are many different careers which involve some type of public speaking. Many employees have to give a presentation at some point, usually for conferences, training sessions and business meetings. Taking a public speaking course or attending a public speaking workshop can help to lesson the fear that so many people experience, and can to help prepare anyone who has to speak in front of a group.
As most public speaking coaches and instructors can tell you, actually getting up and speaking in front of others is the only effective way to get past public speaking anxiety. Public speaking courses give participants an opportunity to practice in an environment that is safe, and where others are sharing the same experience. One of the most important things anyone can do to prepare themselves for a successful speech or presentation is to know the subject matter very well.