Care of The British Psychological Society, Dr. Christian Jarrett offers professional insight into the anxiety you feel when speaking in public, and how it has a lot to do with your audience. Read my key summaries of his piece below.
- Your anxiousness fluctuates instinctively in tune with your audience; if they seem to be involved and listening, you’ll be more inclined to be relaxed
- People with high social anxiety will seek out negative audience members subconsciously and so will worry more as a result during their speech
- If this is you, practice seeking out actively engaged and positive audience members to stop fueling your fear; mentally train yourself out of anxiety