Glossophobia is the fear of public speaking. The word glossophobia comes from the Greek γλῶσσα glōssa, meaning tongue, and φόβος phobos, fear or dread.

Glossophobia is the technical term given to a severe fear of public speaking.

People suffering from glossophobia always avoid any opportunity to speak in public. The real symptoms are usually so severe that one gets terribly embarrassed and fearful of any public speaking. The mouth dries up, the voice is weak and the body starts shaking. Finding themselves in public, such people may even sweat, go red and feel their heart thumping rapidly. Anyway, everyone feels uncomfortable in public from time to time. Most people can overcome speech anxiety themselves, some require specialists' help.

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