Glossophobia or speech anxiety is the fear of public speaking. The word glossophobia derives from the Greek γλῶσσα glōssa, meaning tongue, and φόβος phobos, fear or dread. Some people have this specific phobia, while others may also have broader social phobia or social anxiety disorder.
It has constantly been tested that glossophobia and the fear of public speaking is the most common fear in the world, with over 73% of Americans experiencing some level of it. What’s even more interesting is how easily and quickly anybody with this fear can overcome it and become an excellent public speaker.
The answer: exposure therapy, which is basically just a fancy term for practicing. The best public speakers in the world, who feel no speaking anxiety any longer, all did one thing to become that great, practice. Once you spend some time in front of a crowd and improve your speaking skills/technique, you’ll become a more confident presenter who no longer suffers from glossophobia,
“But how can I practice at home”, the answer is simple: virtual reality. With the Beyond VR, you can overcome your fear of public speaking in the comfort of your own home, with the added convenience of being able to practice when you have time. In addition to this is the real-time feedback. The app helps you hone your skills while becoming more comfortable speaking in front of others with real-time feedback. Eye contact, volume, pace, clarity and filler words are all graded automatically within the VR app.