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5 Ways To Overcome Stage Fright

5 Ways To Overcome Stage Fright

Any artist or performer can feel those butterflies in their stomachs and those very familiar goose bumps. Performance anxiety, feeling of speechlessness, more commonly referred to as stage fright, is very common to many people. Stage fright doesn’t exactly need to involve a stage. Any event which will give you the attention of a group of people, can lead to a fear of public speaking. And needless to say, this phobia can be corrected with some efforts. It is very important to deal with this ghost of public speaking which is residing deep within you. Do not ever try to avoid situations where you are required to go on stage or else it’s going to aggravate your fear even more. Just face it. So, here are 5 ways to overcome stage fright.

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    1. Relax your mind and body.

    Eat your favorite food, stretch a few muscles, take deep breaths, listen to your favorite songs, talk to your best friend or even try winking at random people. In short, do anything which will entertain you and take your mind off the unnecessary anxiety. See, the point to remember is that being a little anxious is all right, even good. But try keeping this below a threshold.

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      2. Practice, Practice and Practice.

      Practice in front of your family, friends, in front of a mirror and even in empty auditoriums, so that you get used to the idea of performing in front of of your audience. Practice till you almost memorize it. This will give you confidence and also give you scope to find out and correct the flaws in your own performance. If it’s a speech, presentation or debate, just understand the concept you are going to explain thoroughly(so that you are able to answer any questions from the audience), or if it’s a play or drama, get into the character (so that you forget your own fears and worries).

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        3. Connect to your audience.

        Don’t be scared and tell people that you are worried and have an absolute fear of stage. This will do nothing but lower your self-confidence. Instead, start focusing on the needs and expectations of your audience. You will be motivated when you realize that you will actually be able to reach out to your audience. You will feel like burning or disappearing from the stage if you start thinking that you being there makes no difference whatsoever. So, focus your attention on the people who are going to listen to you.

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          4. Accept your fears.

          Do not try to suppress the feeling that you are worried about going on stage. Just accept it, deal with it, hold your head high, do not fiddle with microphone or your notes and cool down. Be confident that it’s only for a few minutes and then you are going to give the performance of your life time. Give it your best shot. Visualize your triumphant outcome. Nothing can go wrong. Even if it does, just smile and move on.

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            5. Lead a healthy lifestyle.

            Eat fruits everyday and exercise properly. Try participating in group discussions. Talk to people at work and gym instead of creating a shell around you. Do yoga and meditation regularly. Go out with friends on trips. Start a hobby. Doing all these will improve your self-esteem and hopefully, you will never get a stage fright. If possible, avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugar totally. They will simply make you more nervous.

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              Featured photo credit: Will Marlow via flickr.com

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              Some things in life are hard to describe, yet we can recognize them when we see them.

              Love is one of those things.

              True love comes in many different forms, but here are some that many of us know well.

              True love means supporting those who can’t support themselves

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                A young man comforts his date in Times Square, New York City. Image by mbtrama

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                  A young man holds his significant other close to him. Image by Brad Fults

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                      A soldier in the Korean War takes time to feed a baby kitten. Image from US Naval Insititute

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                        A mother and her daughter take a selfie together. Image by Andrew Fysh

                        girlfriends

                          Two young girls pose for the camera. Image by Rolands Lakis

                          selfies

                            A happy couple takes a picture together. Image by Kayla Heineman

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                              Two best friends take a selfie together. Image by Jason Wahido

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                                Friends take a selfie together. Image by Glenn Scofield Williams

                                It’s all the warm fuzzies

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                                  A young man spends time with his dog on a beach. Image by Magdalena Roeseler

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                                    A pet owner hugs his dog while on a day trip in San Francisco. Image by Taro the Shiba Inu

                                    It means having a friend to photobomb you

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                                      A boy makes a funny face as he poses for a picture with his brother. Image by Michael Bentley

                                      old man photobomb

                                        A man photobombs his wife while their grandson snaps a picture. Image by Frank

                                        family photobomb

                                          Family members photobomb their relatives’ Thanksgiving day family photo. Image by Beth Scupham

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                                            A friend photobombs the photographer and their friend, the woman in the foreground of this photo. Image by Lachlan Hardy

                                            True love means being there even when life gets unbearably hard

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                                              flood dog

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                                                A woman is rescued from flood waters by a resident standing on top of her car during heavy rain in Chalandri suburb north of Athens

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                                                  lunch

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                                                    hug

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                                                        sister and brother

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                                                          headstone

                                                            A woman sits at her husband’s grave the day before their wedding anniversary. Image from NBC news

                                                            It means taking the time for long goodbyes

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                                                              A man says goodbye to his son before deploying. Image by Official U.S. Navy Page

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                                                                    A woman hugs her husband as she sees him for the first time since his deployment to Iraq. Image by The U.S. Army

                                                                    boyfriend home

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                                                                      mother hug

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                                                                        True love is letting yourself feel young when they’re around

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                                                                                    vote for pedro

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                                                                                      True love is allowing yourself to show how you really feel

                                                                                      date night

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                                                                                        playing violin

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                                                                                          True love is timeless

                                                                                          old friends

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                                                                                            sitting around a fire

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