Should I take fear of public speaking medication?

Thinking about fear of public speaking medication?  Consider these 5 points.

1. Medication can reduce the uncomfortable physiological signs of nervousness (heart rate increase, sweating, shakiness).

Three other approaches: learning effective presentation skills, controlling breathing, and developing helpful thinking patterns are proven non-medical strategies.

2. Beta  blockers, originally developed to control cardiac problems, are often effective and can usually be prescribed on an as needed basis.

Beta blockers inhibit the flow of adrenaline  in the body, reducing the physical symptoms of the stress response.  Your physician will help you decide whether medication is the best route for you, and can review any potential side effects.

It is often recommended that you try out the prescribed medication within a month before presenting. Additionally, stay away from alcohol and marijuana for at least a day before the talk. You may be more relaxed, but you likely won’t be a better speaker.

3. Consider a wellness routine including a healthy diet and exercise. Avoid caffeine, as it may increase your heart  rate and creamy food, which can make your mouth and throat area feel sticky.  Keep yourself hydrated and get enough sleep. If finances permit, indulge yourself with massage. Some massage therapists can even help relax face and jaw muscles.

4. Keep in mind that even helpful medication will not make you a better presenter. Find a class or a coach to add to your toolkit of best practices.

The most important skills to learn include how to prepare and practice, how to engage your listeners, and best practices in oral and nonverbal techniques.

5. Make sure you consult with the right type of professional. Physicians who have experience with speech and performance anxiety, along with a speech and communication coach, would be ideal. Your physician can help you decide if medication will be helpful, and your coach will help you to become a better presenter.

The good news is that speaking fears can be overcome and fear of public speaking medication may not be needed!

Spread the love


Similar posts

Identifying Manipulative Communication in the Workplace

Manipulative communication in the workplace decreases work efficiency, increases job dissatisfaction, contributes to a hostile environment and lowers morale. Most people are challenged to identify manipulative tactics and even when they spot them, they do not feel competent in responding effectively. Spotting the manipulator can be difficult. They can be everywhere that humans are found. The manipulator can be anyone! They are difficult to identify because they are so well camouflaged and have no outwardly

Spread the love

Sometimes It Takes All Day To Get Nothing Done

In the past three years, we’ve had to look for creative ways to collaborate. We’re in the era of real-time virtual technology mixed with in-person meetings. It’s overwhelming. When we’re overwhelmed and spread too thin, we tune out and barely participate in one meeting as we often try to multitask. Zoom, Teams, Slack, WhatsApp, and many others give us no reason not to collaborate on our day-to-day jobs. However, with so many meetings, are we

Spread the love

Defensiveness Prevents Clear Communication

The First Moment: Defensiveness  If your listener is defensive, your point is probably missed. They have been left with the impression that you, intentionally or not, are criticizing their idea or them. Instead of focusing on getting solutions, they will be driven by this passion for defending the idea or their persona. They are struggling, and it may be your fault. You may have needed to set the right expectations; your tone may have needed

Spread the love