Everyone has their own experience of appearing on stage. Some may have had successful attempts while others having had terrible nerve racking experience of stage fright. That persistent anxiety and nervousness that prevents a person to perform in front of an audience.
It is recommended to learn skills to reduce and manage the fear and anxiety. It is also critical to learn methods to stop the cycle of avoiding fearful situations. Through experience and research it is found that avoidance gives immediate relief, but it reinforces fear in the long run. Learning new skills and avoiding fears is a sure way to reduce and manage stage fright. First of all, shift away all your focus from negative thoughts, instead stay calm, cool and collected. The more you think about what could go wrong the more the chance of actually making mistakes on stage. Any thoughts that create self-doubt and low confidence should be avoided.
Focus on your strength and ability to handle challenging situations. Think about why you took up the opportunity to present yourself in a crowd and how you would successfully complete a task.
Before getting on stage just quickly revise through your material and keep those points in mind. On stage, stay calm , think of your audience as your own friends and let your performance flow calmly. Even when mistakes are made on stage don’t think of it as a big deal instead accept it and continue with your presentation.
Even the posture you are in plays an important role in the impression towards the audience which in turn affects the response you receive. Therefore, stand or sit in a self-assured, confident posture. And even while presenting, maintain a comfortable and confident posture.
Conquering stage fright is possible only through one’s experience. One must find own ways of dealing with fear and how to overcome fear. Once this is done it would be very easy to speak in public by using those techniques.
By: Iarisa Nongbet