Public speaking phobias are quite common and often more common than we may realize. For many individuals who have a fear of speaking in public, the complications with this type of phobia are often rooted to a specific event that occurred in childhood. If you find that you have a public speaking phobia, and if you often relive the fear of public speaking based on a childhood experience, then you may want to consider how neuro-linguistic programming, NLP, can help you overcome the phobia complication.
NLP, also known as neuro-linguistic programming, is a unique form of therapy that is used to treat many types of phobias. For individuals who can readily identify the details of a traumatic event that led to their public speaking phobia, NLP often offers a quick relief of the symptoms.
If you work in a professional environment where you are required to engage in public speaking, then using NLP techniques to overcome your fear is vitally important to advance your career. When using this type of phobia treatment, you can expect that your therapist will require you to recant the details of your childhood experience, in great detail, so as to actually feel as if you are reliving the experience again. Once the therapist has heard and documented your expressions and details of the event, then the treatment aspect of NLP phobia therapy can begin.
With a series of NLP therapy sessions, your therapist will begin to guide you through your childhood traumatic experience in such a way so as to encourage you to visualize the experience as if you are a third party. For some patients this may mean that you pretend to watch the event on a movie screen or television, while for others it may simply mean that you stand and watch as a third party in the location where the event occurred. By acting as a third party, you can begin to disassociate from the emotional reality of the event and this, ultimately, can alleviate your phobia about public speaking.
Overcoming a public speaking phobia will take time. But, with the NLP phobia cure techniques, many professionals find they can pursue careers that require public speaking with some degree of ease and engage in public speaking more and more as the NLP, and other phobia treatments, begin to resolve the panic and fear of speeches. So, if you are concerned about your professional requirements to engage in public speaking, and if you have a public speaking phobia, ask about the use of NLP phobia cure techniques.
Sources: The Big Book of NLP Techniques, by Shlomo Vaknin