5 Best Ways To Overcome All Your Stage Fears
“So next up on stage is the one & only…” And BAM!
In response, most of us might be put to shock and to follow would be a series of weird physical stimuli like squirm, heavy sweating and a babbling tone. It’s just behaving not quite ourselves has become an aggregate generality, of an obvious sort. So as to redeem your confidence and to boost up your stage presentation, just follow the following simple steps and elevate through the stairs of Effective Showmanship.
1- Focus on the content
As a preliminary precaution, always avoid:-
- Pre-determining your reactions on the stage.
- Over-thinking the way others will perceive you.
To sum it all, just focus on your content more than anything else. The more you think about your urge or passion for it, the more motivated you get, which is a good sign. But remember, effective expression is a blend of such motivation with your focus centralized at the job you are supposed to venture. Nonetheless, it would of immense help not to perceive it as a venture of some sort and be a daredevil. (chuckles in embarrassment)
2- Enjoy the process rather than traumatizing it
Everyone could not be a good expressionist and everyone doesn’t need to be.
Most of the trouble lies in over-thinking and planning. Remember, these are the two evils behind poor implementation. Some might be nerved by perfection and others by competition, but while picturizing the scenario always try to observe and retain that rush while you are either just seated or getting prepared to be on stage. No matter what, every stage confrontation is a new experience altogether and one must learn to seek pleasure in it.
The day you begin enjoying it, you’ll begin mastering it. So fasten your seat belts and make a conscious effort to get soaked in the rush. It’ll certainly work. 🙂
3- Get comfy with Confrontation
Submissiveness is a sort of diffidence. It’s a sort of complex trait since a lot depends upon the personality of an individual. While some tend to be a pro in confrontation, there are many who tend to contract themselves due to their tendency of localizing the comfort zone. Candidly, it isn’t a trait to be ashamed of. Research proves that the best knowledge maybe earned via self-analyzing and not debating randomly. However-
- confrontation needs courage. If you have good content, do not let it vandalize due to just 1% lack of courage.
- the basic intent of expression lies in getting comfy with others and their disagreement. Realize that being into oneself doesn’t necessarily mean getting _ by others.
4- Everyone fumbles, it is natural!
It happens a lot. During a stage presentation, many a time mind diverts into little thoughts or some silly details. It basically happens whenever you curb your natural instincts or make an attempt to be “formal” or “professional”. The true intent of being formal lies in evolving with your natural instincts rather than learning to imitate some pre-created methodology. Hence, even if you fumble, try not appear distracted or tensed for a long while.
- This can only be done via practice, because once you get used to you’ll naturally not get tensed.
- If reciting, use “I ain’t getting a word for it…” whenever get victimized by “vocab issue”. It is recommended to avoid fillers and audible sentence breaks (like umm and uhhh).
- Continue where you left off rather than bringing up a new issue.
- If nothing works for you, a “Sorry” will not be that big a deal!
5- …BUT do not get carried away
I believe it wasn’t essential to mention this point because most of you would be seeking to learn about showmanship and the skills needed to implement it. However, openness comes with a limitation of turning you ecstatic.
You might be thinking it sure must’ve happened with me. If you do, you are absolutely right! As a matter of fact, at a time while anchoring at my College’s Annual Fest, I was constantly interrogating (torturing) the audience again and again by saying: “Maza aa raha hai aap logo ko?” (Are you guys enjoying?). It was pretty late for me to realize how repetitive it got just when nobody responded! So always keep track of the way you are leading, since nobody knows you more than yourself. 🙂