Stage fright is something that happens to a lot of people both old and young. I am very sure everyone must have experienced it at one stage or the other in their lives. This is something that happens unexpectedly or out of the blues and is sometimes out of your control at that instant.
Symptoms of stage fright:
- Sweaty palms
- Fast beating in your heart
- Trembling of the hands
- Shaky voice
- Mixing up words, missing/forgetting your lines
- Speaking fast or hurriedly
These few tips below should help you overcome stage fright
If you are to give a speech or lecture, you need to prepare adequately for it to prevent surprises of any form. You should prepare days before your expected day of delivery. This is to help you familiarize yourself with the given topic or any other material relating to that topic. This would help you become confident when rendering your speech.
STUDY YOUR MATERIAL
A lot of people are used to cramming any material presented to them. It’s not wrong but I think it’s better to first understand the content because this will aid the flow at which you make your presentation. When you have the basic understanding, aside cramming some relevant lines, you can also chip in one or two practical examples or even crack a joke to make people feel more at ease with you.
PRACTICE! PRACTICE!! PRACTICE!!!
Once you’ve mastered your material, try doing some practices. If you need to stand in front of a mirror to do this, then do. You can also gather round a group of friends or family members and practice in front of them. If you can do this a few times, then you’re prepared.
Always try to get to the venue way ahead of time and familiarize yourself with the stage before people start arriving.
TAKE A DEEP BREATH
Before going on stage, you should take a deep breath. Inhale deeply and exhale, in other for you to calm your nerves and reduce your rate of your heart beat. Continue with the deep breath until you feel easy with yourself and try not to think too hard about your stage presentation.
AVOID EYE CONTACT
Some people are not shy but once they stand in front of people or in front of a crowd, they cringe. One way to deal with stage fright is to avoid looking directly into the eyes of people or if you do, do not stare for too long. Just steal glances but do not focus entirely on anybody until you have been able to build your confidence.
HAVE CONFIDENCE IN YOURSELF
No one can exude confidence in you better than you. As long as you know you are impacting knowledge, or making people laugh or adding value, then know you are important. People are there to listen to you. Have this at the back of your mind when next you want to stand in front of a crowd.
MAKE USE OF THE STAGE
When you’re on stage, don’t just stand on one spot. Utilize the space given to you and feel free. Be yourself and don’t be intimidated by the people looking at you.
Take A Lesson
You can attend seminar or take a course about public speaking, this will help your improve yourself.
GIVE MORE PRESENTATION
The more you do something, the better you are at it. Look for more ways to stand in front of a crowd doing something and in no time, you’ll be a master of it.
Know that stage fright can be overcome no matter the performance you’re giving on stage. Like Napoleon Hill says “Whatever Your Mind Can Conceive and Believe It Can Achieve.”
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