How to Overcome Stage Fright

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How to Overcome Stage Fright

How to Overcome Stage Fright

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Have you witnessed someone go blank on stage? Or yourself have fallen victim to stage fright? When people get so worked up about the fear of failing. And how they will fail and how others will think that they are a  failure and how your reputation is ruined forever. Well, the possibility of stage fright is quite likely. Clearly because you put all your energy into thinking you would, so you did. In simple terms to overcome stage fright, you need to change your thought process by changing the direction of where you place your energy into. And on that this is how you can do it.

Before the Event:

1 – Repetition

Repetition of your performance is so important. The more you do it the more it will seem easy for you because eventually you’ll know what to expect.

  • If you can invest your time to be over prepared. it will leave almost no chance for you to have any hiccups during your performance
  • Though keep in mind it is not much of a benefit to be doing the same thing over and over again because the results will be the same.
  • Therefore, you would benefit more when you can repeat your performance in many different ways as possible so all variations of process and results become second to nature.
  • So that mean you should aim to gain exposure anywhere and everywhere. Start small, practice in front of friends and family, the people you know. Then expand (if you can) by performing in front of total strangers. In a casual gathering, in a study group, in an empty room whatever deems appropriate to your topic.

How to Overcome Stage Fright

2 – Visualize

This is where you can imagine how you want your speech to go. So take this moment to yourself, sit or lie down comfortably and close your eyes.

  • Take a look at how your body language will be and how you will sound. To help you more review and take note of some famous speakers such as Barack Obama or any other you may admire. Use them as a role model and emulate their movements, the way you would like to perform/
  • Now check out what the venue will be like, the stage and even the positioning of the microphone. If you don’t know go to the actual venue itself. If you don’t have access I usually go on their website and view their gallery pictures. To get the feel of what to expect.
  • Also, visualize something going wrong and how you would ideally cope with it. Learning how to improvise in such situations will take you quite far as usually no one will notice, But take caution, you don’t need to obsess on  ailing. The point here is how you would improvise in such a situation.

3 – Eat Well

Take it easy when consuming food near your big day.

  • If your appetite is not there, do not avoid food make it a point to at least eat light. It will help with the nausea sensation, provide fuel to perform and you won’t lose focus on the main task to feeling hunger pains.
  • Also, make sure to take water with you. A dry mouth is very common and can aid in an instant boost of energy and alertness.
  • Avoid caffeine, sugar and alcohol which can cause drowsiness and fatigue.

During the Event:

How to Overcome Stage Fright

3 – Body Energy

No matter how much you are prepared beforehand stage fright may seem uncontrollable. So this exercise can really come in handy to calm you down right before your performance. This especially works when you start to feel symptoms of stage fright that of sweaty palm, dry throat, and mouth, shakiness, heart racing and nausea.

  • Tighten every bit of your body. Clench you fist, hold your breath, close your eyes, clamp your teeth together, raise your shoulder and stiffen your body.
  • Hold it there for 15 seconds and now release slowly.
  • By doing this small activity, you lose track of your worries and refocus that thought on tensing your body.
  • On releasing our body and mind feels relaxed.

4 – Frame of Mind

Now you have to believe in yourself. Without the belief that all will work out fine then don’t expect your results to reflect it either. Here is how to help convince yourself that you will do good.

  • Step on stage with the belief that the audience is on the same team as you. And it’s usually the case, no one is really out there to be against you. Your mindset here shows you want to give to the crowd.
  • Rather than the approach of stepping on stage and wondering how the audience will respond.
  • In the first instance, you are giving energy which you have the control over.
  • And in the second instance you want to take that energy. Something that you don’t have control over and thus creates fear.
  • Observe your own mindset and choose how you need to change that.

Remember: Stage fright is most prominent at the beginning of your speech. Once you are over that hump you will get in the mood and flow of your performance and stage fright will dissipate into nothing. Nothing – the fear is gone and the results of achievement will replace it.

Until next time.
Jasmine

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