Speech anxiety is learned and is often related to traumatic experiences in the past, usually in youth. For example, many people who suffer from speech anxiety have the experience one or more times in their youth of being embarrassed in front of the class during a presentation and feeling helpless and humiliated. This experience is so painful that it has an impact on us even when we are adults. We still carry the hurt boy or girl inside us, as it were. The chip should help to overcome the fear of speech.