Are you afraid of public speaking? You’re not alone. People are more afraid of speaking in public than flying, going bankrupt or even dying.
Does this seem familiar to you? Are you afraid to speak in public? Are you a corporate professional or an artist who suffers from stage fright?
There’s good news. You can cure stage fright.
You don’t have to have a diagnosed social anxiety disorder to feel dread or panic when speaking to an audience. Some studies report nearly 90% of people have stage fright.
Although it may seem scary to speak in public, your current fear doesn’t have to be your future reality. It’s my goal to help you communicate calmly and clearly so that your genius be seen by all. Let’s make stage fright a thing of the past.
Stage Fright–What Is It?
It’s commonly known as the nervousness or fear we feel before we go on stage. But that fear is “all in your head.” Literally. Your pre-frontal cortex shuts down allowing for your prehistoric brain to take over–causing you to go into “fight or flight.” For a very long time in human history we had a good reason to fear other people. It’s only a blip in time that we haven’t usually been defending ourselves from sticks & stones.
I want you to imagine the absolute worst thing that can happen when you’re up on stage…put it in the comments, I’d love to hear.
None of my clients have ever said, “dying.” They usually say, “draw a blank,” “look like a fool,” etc. That’s not going to happen! I mean if you don’t follow my instructions you may draw a blank, sweat a bit, have shaky knees. But that comes from the fright or flight business.
Cure Stage Fright
These are your quick & easy tricks to curing stage fright. If you know me you’ll know I’m all about training. I train my clients to be super smooth, cool as a cucumber on stage. But this may be a good place for you to start. It may be all you need. 🙂
1. Love your audience
Be selfless. Empathy and affection are your secret weapons.
Don’t think about yourself at all. Think only about your audience and how much they need to hear you. You are helping them and changing their lives by delivering your message.
Concentrate on what your audience knows and what they need to know. Make their improvement your passion. The result will be that you’ll forget about yourself & the possibility of looking like a fool!
2. Exercise as a distraction
Do 20 jumping jacks or three yoga poses before your event. It keeps you in the present without thinking about the future.
Worrying is a way of projecting yourself into the future and imagining everything that can go wrong. Stay in the present with a few exercises. Resulting in your being too distracted to be afraid.
3. Do something you aren’t looking forward to right before the event
You know all those hours of dread you felt before your presentation? Well, those are what’s causing you to have that fear when you walk on stage. Plan something you dread as much or nearly as much for before the presentation & that’ll give you less time to freak yourself out.
Call your mother-in-law or make that appointment with the dentist you’ve been dreading. Distract yourself with a necessary but dreaded chore.
You’ll be in the present & you’ll have great relief when you’re done with the call to your MIL or dentist. Then you can go directly on stage not having worried about a thing.
Once you’re able to cure stage fright your life will have improved! No more lost sleep. The results are life-changing.
Your Secret Weapon
The most important and useful thing you can do is my relaxation exercises. After three or four weeks of doing them correctly, you won’t need any other “quick tricks.” Calm, cool, and collected will be your middle name. Learn a bit about me.
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