Audience Anxiety – Audience Fear

Audience fear is an excessive anxiety about situations in which a person has to appear in front of a group of people. Audience anxiety, troublesome thought about a close presentation or standing in front of a people forum, can cause insomnia, paralyzing fear and the feeling of patients accompanying symptoms such as:

  • Cold sweat
  • A rapid pulse is accompanied by chest pressure
  • Uncontrollable tremor
  • Headaches and stomach aches

During the presentation at work or in front of the class, we feel:

  • “black out”
  • The heat rises and we blush
  • Confusion and lack of concentration that sometimes causes errors and embarrassment
  • Fear of the audience and horror of their thoughts about me and my abilities

The pressures and anxieties attack us even before the event itself, the very thought of the task and the encounter with the audience creates chain reactions and a huge desire not to face the task.

How does audience fear hurt us?

  • Impairment of academic achievement
  • Impairment of progress in work that requires standing in front of an audience, delivering a presentation
  • Damage to screenings or assessment days prior to employment
  • Damage to command positions in the military or management positions in the civilian market
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