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10 Ways To Overcome Stage Fright

Updated on August 23, 2010

Stage fright is a condition whereby a person meant to give a speech or an address on stage gets afraid. His mind races, his voice sounds cracked, mouth feels dry, hands begin to sweat, heart beat is beating faster than normal and the most shameful symptom is freezing on the stage and not been able to say anything. Another way of understand it is, fear that experienced when speaking to a public. Famous and prominent people do also experience stage fright for example, actors, musicians, presenters, will experience stage fright if they are made to do something they are not really use to. If a famous basketball player is called to act on a stage, because this is not his field in publicity, might experience stage fright

Stage fright is most likely to be increased by the negative thoughts of a person experiencing it. Lucky enough, there is a way of handling the problem. Stage fright can be treated for those that see reasons why it should be.

·         Concentration

When on stage it helps thing of how good you are doing so far and not how bad your mistakes are. If you explore negative thoughts, fear will conquer your heart. Keep it free of negative thoughts and keep encouraging yourself on how good you are doing

·         Inspiration

Get something that will inspire you to keep going on. Some people are inspired by a member of their family and so when they have to be on stage, they invite that member to be present. In an occasion where the member cannot be present, they get the person's picture and they take it with them. So when they are looking for inspiration, they look at the picture. There are many things that can get many people inspired. If a source of inspiration is gotten, it will encourage you to go on even though you are doing badly

·         Happy memories

Memories can help a lot in overcoming stage fright. Think of things that happened in the past and they made you happy. Such thoughts put smile on the presenter and makes him feel bolder in whatever message that is been passed across.

·         Using imaginations

No matter how moody the audience might be, you can pretend they are all your friends, and you are just explaining whatever you are presenting to them. Imagine them laugh at your jokes, applaud you for smart statements or wise saying and listening attentively in silence to whatever it is that is been presented to them.

·         Avoid shaking

Because of the fear of making mistake the hands might start shaving. Avoid that. Do not hold notes because if your hand is shaking, it will easy to notice by the audience. Just relax and try not to shake but if you still are and uncontrollable, you should keep yourself busy by walking around.

·         Breathe

Before going on stage it helps if measures to control your breathing. Take deep breath and exhale the air. Continue this procedure for a while and the heart rate will slow down. Some people after controlling their breath off stage, loses control of the breath on stage and there they panic. In a case like this panic is a very bad option. The best thing to be done is to relax and control the breathing again by inhaling and exhale. Since you are now on stage, you cannot breathe as obvious as you did off stage so have to try control it.

·         Belief

Here all that is needed to be done is to believe. Believe in yourself that what is expected to be done on stage can be done and will be done by you.

If all these tips are used effectively, you will never experience stage fright again


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      charles 2 years ago

      about to perform in a few hours, thanks a lot

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      Guluhun silas Ibrahim 3 years ago

      Imperative to every student

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      brittvan22 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Good article, when I performed I avoided stage fright by sleeping 15 minutes before I had to perform I was a kid then, but it worked like a charm. Then every performance my mind was set and I kid you not sleepiness hit fifteen minutes before I had to perform.

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      Daniel Nneji 7 years ago

      wonderful tips.....helpful solutions to prblems i had to deal with for long....thanks man.....hope i does work

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Excellent Tips - Being on stage can be quite daunting. Its so nice of you to write this.

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      Tracy 7 years ago from San Francisco

      Nicely written. Thank you. I'll have to keep this article in my back pocket:)

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      90s_era_talent 7 years ago from London

      Thank you for writing this it's very good and useful to me and thank you for your comment.