Fear of public speaking

It has been the second time I followed a training with Herman and once again I’ve enjoyed the experience. Not only useful tips and tricks but also a lot of revelations and a big step outside of your comfort zone. This makes the workshop very instructive in an enjoyable way. I highly recommend!
Katrin Jansen
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Fear of public speaking

The fear of public speaking is very common, it’s the second most searched fear on the ethernet just behind the fear of flying. The official term for the fear of public speaking is Glossophobia. But knowing it is very common or knowing some fancy term doesn’t help you so let’s take a look at why we have the fear of public speaking and how we can get rid of it.

Why the fear of public speaking?

There are many kinds of reasons why someone may develop fear of public speaking. But the theories in the psychology that try and do research on the fear of public speaking have found four factors involved:

  • Physical factor to the fear of public speaking

Experiencing fear comes with a physical feeling, you feel your body reacting to the situation you’re in. Fear of public speaking comes naturally with a physical reaction, your body makes adrenalin and you as a person feel those consequences of that adrenaline pumping through your body. You start breathing faster and your heart starts pumping faster.

  • Mental factor to the fear of public speaking

When you think of public speaking you may think it’s scary or that it’s a skill you don’t have. You think that the audience will be judging you on that. Your beliefs of what public speaking is can influence your fear of public speaking. Because if you really belief that public speaking is fun you won’t have the fear of public speaking.

  • Situational factor to the fear of public speaking

Every behaviour that occurs happens in some kind of context, behaviour isn’t there on itself. Public speaking happens in different kinds of situations, at your work, at home with your family or with your friends. Most of the times people are experiencing the most fear of public speaking at work, because it is a professional context and think you can’t make mistakes because they’ll think you’re bad at you job or something like that.

  • Confidence in your skills as a public speaker

People think of public speaking as a skill, the more skilled you’re the more confident you become and the less fear of public speaking you feel. Some people have this skill of public speaking naturally, but the people that have to overcome this fear of public speaking and keep improving their skill are the ones that really stand out. So, improving your skill and/or improving your confidence will make you experience less fear of public speaking.


Herman Otten is a kind person. He has the right connection and feeling regarding to training and coaching. His broad experience in the acting field gives the whole group a warm ‘bath’ of confidence. Definitely an added value. His workshop is very energetic and creative. Herman has is very sensitive personality. He always thinks in possibilities and wants the best for his clients.
Eugene Bos
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How do you overcome your fear of public speaking?

Now that we know what the main causes are of our fears we know what we need to change or improve in order to overcome the fear of public speaking. Let’s have a look how a training can help you. The physical factor sounds like something you can’t change, but less is true.

In the training where you learn to deal with your fear of public speaking you learn how not to focus on your body and your bodily feelings. You’ll also learn to think differently about public speaking in general, you’ll think of it as a fun thing to do, or just something that isn’t a big deal. You also learn how you react on different kinds of situations where you are public speaking. And of course you’ll get better in the skill itself which will give your confidence a boost and make you experience less fear of public speaking.

Who is Herman Otten?

The public speaking workshop is given by Herman Otten. Herman graduated as an actor at the Utrecht school of arts. After that Herman proceeded to direct and act on Dutch television. Now Herman is widely known for helping people from every walk of life to get over their public speaking anxiety. Currently Herman has even more than 10 years of experience under his belt as a coach and teacher. To date Herman teaches public speaking workshops all throughout the Netherlands and in NYC! More about Herman.

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What does a day of a public speaking workshop in New York look like

The public speaking workshop takes 1 day from 11 AM until 6 PM. During the day we’ll have two coffee breaks of 10 minutes and a longer break of one hour in which we can eat lunch together.

Does everyone get the attention they need?

We will work in a small group with a maximum of 5 people, as a result will every person get the attention they need. This also ensures that everyone gets enough personal attention and gets rid of their public speaking anxiety.

Practical information

March 31 '19
public speaking training

Time: full day from 11am to 6pm.
We have two 10 minutes coffee breaks and a 1 hour lunch break.
Location: In the heart of Manhattan at Ripley-Grier Studios, 520 8th Avenue
Lunch: We have a great lunch together at a nearby restaurant. Vegetarian and vegan options are available.
Price: 497 USD per person (a great lunch, water, cookies are included). Payment is possible via PayPal and credit card.
NOTE: WE DON’T DO REFUNDS OR RESCHEDULING! If you can’t make it, you may give or sell your spot to someone else.

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