The following scale uses public speaking as the subject. Where do you land on the public speaking fear scale and what are you going to do to get to where you need to be?
FEAR SCALE (Public Speaking)
1-3 – Low Level of Healthy Fear – The idea of giving a presentation makes your heart race, but the feeling upon learning of an impending speech is nervous anticipation. Having this range of fear is the least stressful, but it is not the optimal level to ignite top performances.
4-6 – Moderate Level of Healthy Fear –Like a thrill-seeker waiting in line to bungee jump, the thought of making a presentation is nerve-wracking, but in the best way possible. The lower end of this range is the prime level of fear for giving speeches.
7-8 – High Level of Unhealthy Fear – This is the type of anxiety associated with waiting for the results of an STD test after a regret-filled weekend in Vegas. You accept that public speaking is a fixture for success, but the stress presentations cause you has a negative impact on your preparation and other factors in your life.
9 – Dread – You look for any excuse to avoid public speaking even if it means failing in class or missing out on opportunities. For speaking assignments you can’t miss, getting back to your seat as quickly as possible is your main goal.
10 – Scared Speechless – Line up a clean podium and a kiddie pool filled with brown recluse spiders side by side and you’ll be in that pool within a second. This level of fear not only causes health problems; it also affects your relationships and sets you up to squander opportunities.