Stage Fright Tips

Overcoming Phobia of Public Speaking or Performance Anxiety in Sports

Do you remem­ber the dread you’d feel when it was your turn to “Show and Tell” in ele­men­tary school?

Many peo­ple nev­er get over the trau­ma.

Instead, they car­ry with them a fear of get­ting up in front of an audi­ence – whether it’s for a job inter­view, an impor­tant meet­ing at work, or even for propos­ing a toast at a joy­ous social event.

In addi­tion to being par­a­lyzed by pho­bia of pub­lic speak­ing, per­for­mance anx­i­ety can be a sig­nif­i­cant issue in sports, too.

Sea­soned musi­cians and actors also suf­fer from per­for­mance anx­i­ety.  The only dif­fer­ence between them and you?

The best of them have learned to chan­nel the adren­a­line of anx­i­ety into a pos­i­tive ener­gy boost to help fuel their per­for­mance.

Stage Fright Tips from Master Performers

Every­one knows that the best way to over­come stage fright is to imag­ine every­one in your audi­ence sit­ting in his or her birth­day suit.  But per­haps you’ve pulled out that old trick and it isn’t work­ing as thor­ough­ly as you’d like.

Then you could ben­e­fit from the advice of a not­ed per­for­mance coach I spoke with recent­ly.  She coach­es high-lev­el exec­u­tives on how to make killer pre­sen­ta­tions to the top tier of their company’s man­age­ment team on issues poten­tial­ly worth in the hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars or more.  It’s a sit­u­a­tion that’s about as nerve-wrack­ing as it gets.

What works for them can work for you too.

One of her impor­tant lessons is:  focus on your mes­sage, not on your fear of how peo­ple will react to you per­son­al­ly.  

Your mes­sage is what’s impor­tant.  What isn’t impor­tant is you.

You want your mes­sage to be well-received, but to some degree that’s out of your hands.  They may applaud or boo your per­for­mance.  They may adopt your pro­pos­al to reor­ga­nize your busi­ness divi­sion – or they may not.  None of that is entire­ly under your con­trol.

Your voice tone, pac­ing, breath rhythm, eye con­tact, and oth­er non-ver­bal fac­tors will impact your com­mu­ni­ca­tion.  Chan­nel all your ener­gy and pas­sion into con­vey­ing your mes­sage as strong­ly and direct­ly as you can, because what you have to say is impor­tant.




About Aaron Bynen

Aaron is a health conscious individual living in the Pacific Northwest.
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