What is the fear of public speaking?

The fear of public speaking is much broader than just giving speeches and presentations. It's a type of social anxiety. It is characterized by excessive anxiety in situations where you're performing in front of others such as:

  • Asking a question in a meeting
  • Expressing your opinion in a group
  • Leading meetings
  • Participating in group discussions
  • Introducing yourself
  • Pitching your ideas
  • Selling
  • Speaking to authority figures such as your boss or executives
  • Dating
  • Job interviewing
  • Networking
  • Performing in front of an audience
  • Giving speeches and presentations