3 Steps to Stop Stage Fright

When we have practiced something so well that we no longer need to think about it, subconscious processing systems are at work.

We choke under pressure because being in front of an audience is a novel  condition that can thwart the normal brain processing of tasks that are so well learned they have become “automatic.”

So if we slow down to focus on these “automated” actions, we can thwart those processes, tripping ourselves up.

So here’s what you need to do to minimize ...

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Got stage fright?

Speaking with stage fright is like driving with the emergency brake partially on.  Your whole body trembles, your mouth gets hot and dry, you can smell the smoke rising from your armpits, and you can’t get to where you want to go—which is OFF THE FREAKING STAGE!

The only way to release the brake, according to research, is to rehearse under performance-like pressure.  In other words, get acclimated to the pressure of the stage.  Slowly your tension ...

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Break out of your shell and make an omelet

When we are anxious as presenters, we grow eggshells around us. Invisible eggshells. And we live inside them, a little scrunched up, worried about what’s outside those dangerously thin walls.

At these times, remember these words:

“Omelets are not made without breaking eggs.”
–Robespierre

“You CAN make an omelet without breaking eggs. It’s just a really bad omelet.”
–Steven Colbert

So go ahead–make an omelet. Break the eggshell.

Stand up straight: your head will pop out and everyone will see your face and pay attention. ...

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Mental Practice Helps Conquer Stage Fright

This is the last of our series about concrete ways to conquer stage fright.  This tip offers a surprising approach to make almost anything in your life better–mental practice.  Or, in other words:

3. Don’t just rehearse; sit there

We all know that practice makes perfect, and that rehearsing your presentation is important. But did you know there’s even a better way?

Mental practice can get you closer to where you want to be in life, and it can ...

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Face Your Fears: Ways to Conquer Stage Fright… Really!

October 14 is Face Your Fears Day.  Many people report public speaking as their number one fear–so why not use this upcoming “holiday” to push past that fear.

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Why?  Because nothing is as powerful as standing up in front of a room and using your words and body to convince others to see your way of thinking, to take the action you advocate, or ...

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Proven Ways to Cure Stage Fright

By some accounts, public speaking is the No. 1 fear in America. Millions of people are limiting their careers because of this irrational fear.

Let’s define stage fright. For me, it’s a cold, clammy feeling of anxiety that churns in my stomach. It drains me of all my resources. I can’t think, talk, breathe, or hold a piece of paper without people seeing it shiver in my hand.

Yet, if I don’t have a smidgeon of stage fright stuck in ...

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