Extras: HOW TO GET OVER STAGE FRIGHT AND FACE THE CROWD WITH COURAGE

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by Aveline MacQuoid on October 14, 2021

in Extras

How to Get Over Stage Fright
and Face the Crowd with Courage

Stage fright is the fear of performing on stage in front of other people. The idea of being in front of a few dozen or even hundreds does seem overwhelming. However, it’s not as bad once you get used to it. There are many things that can cause someone to have stage fright ranging from fear of humiliation or peer pressure. You may be wondering if it’s even possible to get over these kinds of thoughts. Here’s how to get over stage fright and face the crowd with courage.

Practice Makes Perfect

Whether it’s a dance performance or a juggling act, practice makes perfect. One of the reasons why people are afraid to face the crowd is due to a fear of not being good enough. A little practice can go a very long way. In fact, even people who have mastered their talents practice to keep their skills sharp. If you’re someone with a busy schedule, use any and all free time to practice regardless if it’s to learn or keep your skills in top form.

Visualize a Positive Outcome

Another reason why some people have stage fright is because they tend to dwell on a negative end result. This is especially common among people who are going to face a crowd for the first time. A good example of this would be having to give a speech at graduation. Graduation is an event where literally everyone in the entire school is present. Standing on that podium and facing hundreds of people can give anyone anxiety.

But instead of thinking you’re going to look dumb or everyone will laugh at you, think about a positive outcome. Think of the roaring sound of applause you’ll receive as soon as you finish your routine. This can help you speak confidently and even learn to enjoy public speaking. If you still like feel your nerves will be jumbled, there’s nothing wrong with seeing a doctor to discuss prescription beta-blockers. Beta-blockers are specific class of medication that can soothe shaking hands, slow your racing heart and even treat any nerve symptoms you have. Just remember that you should only medication that’s prescribed by your doctor.

Breathe From Your Belly

Deep breathing is another tactic you can use to calm your nerves. It’s also commonly used in various forms of meditation and yoga. Deep breathing can do wonders for you aside from relaxing. Below is a short list of benefits that comes with deep breathing:

  • Ward off hypertension, which is high blood pressure
  • Improve your digestion
  • Decrease your stress levels
  • Regulate your heart rate
  • Help your body get rid of toxins
  • Focus on Friendly Faces

When it comes to stage fright, you should also learn how to scan the crowd. In addition to looking above your audience, you should focus on the friendlier faces in the crowd. Even if you don’t know them, look for people who are smiling and cheering you on. That’s who you should focus your attention on. Seeing people support you can help you gain the confidence you need to conquer your stage fright.

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