Google on glossophobia

Have you seen the new Google ad about the boy who suffers from ‘glossophobia’?

Glossophobia is, according to the ad, the fear of public speaking, and is derived from the Greek word ‘glossa’ meaning tongue, and ‘phobos’ meaning fear or dread.

The Oxford English Dictionary doesn’t recognise the word but let’s not let the facts get in the way of a good story…

The boy is fearful of speaking in front of his class. He uses his Nexus 7 to study YouTube clips of great orators, and to find out about voice projection and other general public speaking tips.

If you watch the UK version you get stirring quotes from Sir Winston Churchill encouraging you to ‘never give in’, but if you are in the US you get Franklin D Roosevelt, and ‘the only thing to fear is fear itself’.  Either version will do to feel suitably motivated.

He then practices in front of the mirror to improve his body language, and gesturing. When he comes to speak in class for real, he’s brilliant, and a real hit with the ladies too.

Now, if you don’t have a Nexus 7 or can’t be bothered with doing all that searching, why not see  a few tips of mine included in an earlier blog post: ‘Which way works best for you?’

UK version:

US version:



2 thoughts on “Google on glossophobia

  1. Very interesting advert by Google and I think they are onto something here, public speaking is rated by many as worse than the fear of death. I have been working on this fear for a while now to some good success.

  2. Thanks Glossophobia. What would be your top tips for other people who may also be working on their fear of pubic speaking? What has worked for you?

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