Hello students and viewers ! Lets talk a little about stage fright, We all have a little stage fright when speaking in the front of people, performing a presentation in front of a class, and being interviewed are one of the main ones that we all tend to get a little anxious about.
Here are a few Tips and Exercises you can use to be able to be ready for any type of stage fright you have !
Breath: It’s really important to breath, when we are anxious and nervous our breathing pattern starts to change, We start to breath faster and this cause us to hyperventalite and end up fainting. (Usually leads to a panic attach)
1. If you want to talk , you have to breathe. And if you want to do these things calmly, you’ll need to breathe diaphragmatically. This won’t always come naturally, and you’ll probably need to practice. You might think you already know everything there is to know about breathing, be sure to take a look at the breathing material.
2. Remind yourself that they’re not here to see or hear you, unless you’re a very famous person, or your mother’s in the audience. They’re just here to see the person who’s playing this piece or talking about this topic. Today that happens to be you. That’s not really important to them in most circumstances.
3. Expect, and accept, that you will feel anxious, especially at first. That’s OK. If you allow yourself to work with the anxiety, not against it, you’ll be able to calm down and proceed. If you resist the anxiety, you’ll make more trouble for yourself.
4. Take the emotions and passion you feel for your subject or artistic expression and channel it into your performance. Don’t try to “hold it down”. If you try to suppress it, it will work against you. Express it!
5. Establish the right focus for your task. What do I mean by focus? I mean what you’re paying attention to as you engage in your performance. This, unlike the other four tips above, will vary depending on what kind of performance you’re engaged in.
* If you are giving a talk, your focus should be your material and the audience reaction to it, because your task is to inform or persuade them. You therefore want to be aware of how they are responding, so that you can connect with them in various ways.
*Establish contact with the audience through eye contact and talking directly to them. Ask them questions to get them involved in your talk (i.e., How many of you here have ever had this experience…?) While your natural instinct will probably be to avoid the audience as much as possible, just like the reviewer cited above, you will actually feel less anxiety once you get the audience involved with you.
Relax – To overcome stage fright, there are a few things you can do to relax your body before going on the stage. Easing the tension from your body can help steady your voice and relax your mind. Rehearse your lines. If you mess up on stage, don’t panic! Make it seem like the act.Here are a few things you can do to relax your body before your performance.
- Gently hum to steady your voice.
- Eat a banana before you perform. It will lower that empty or nauseous feeling in your stomach but won’t make you feel too full either.
- Chew gum. Chewing gum a little bit to ease the tension in your jaw. Just don’t chew gum too long or on an empty stomach or you may upset your digestive system a bit.
- Stretch. Stretching your arms, legs, back, and shoulders is another great way to reduce the tension in your body.
Meditate. On the morning before your performance, or even an hour before, take 15-20 minutes out of your day to meditate. Find a relatively quiet place where you can take a comfortable seat on the ground. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing as you relax every part of your body.
- Rest your hands on your lap and fold your legs.
- Try to reach a point where you no longer think about anything besides relaxing your body one part a time — especially not your performance.
***Get there early. Show up to your presentation earlier than anyone in the audience. You’ll feel much more in control if the room is filling up after you arrive instead of showing up to a full house. Showing up early will also ease your nerves and will make you feel less rushed and more at peace.
***Imagine your favorite person in the audience. Instead of imagining every person in the audience in their underwear — which can be a little weird — imagine that every seat in the audience is filled with a clone of your favorite person. That person loves you and will listen to and approve of anything you say or do. That person will laugh at the right times, encourage you, and clap wildly at the end of the performance
– Not only will this few tips help you for any type of performance/ interview. But, you will be able to communicate with confidence and self security.
Good luck in your next class performance or interview !