Managing Anxiety And Stage Fear
Anxiety and stage fear are the most common phenomenon that you should learn to control. Most of the fear comes before you proceed towards the stage. Once you are up there, the fear generally disappears. Some symptoms of stage fear can be easily revealed as in dry mouth, tight throat, sweaty hands, cold hands, quivering or shaky hands, nausea, fast pulse, wobbly knees or trembling lips.
Tactic for decreasing stage fear:
In fact there is no universal remedy for stage fear. Do not apply all these tactics at a time. Pick out items from the list and try them until you get the best combination for you.
Imagining tactics that can be used anytime:
- Focus on how good you are.
- Just imagine that you are chatting with a group of friends.
- Close your eyes and think imagine the spectators listening, laughing and applauding.
- Recall hilarious and good moments of your past.
- Wonder about your love and wish to help the spectators.
Tactics prior to the presentation:
- Try to have an interest in the topic, even though you dislike the topic.
- Be enormously well prepared.
- Expect tough and simple questions.
- Put in order or classify.
- Remember your opening statement.
Tactics just prior to presentation:
- Keep in mind; stage fear goes away as soon as you begin your presentation. The difficult period is before you start.
- If possible, try to be in a room, to check everything. You can also merge with the participants arriving early.
- Consume quick drinks of lukewarm water.
- Focus on the concepts and spectators.
- See that your voice is clear and audible.
- Maintain eye contact.
Tactics when the presentation starts:
- If your legs are shaking then lean on a lectern/table or shift your legs or move about.
- Look at the friendliest faces in the spectators.
- Do not remark on your nervousness.
- Before each presentation, make a short list of the items you think will make you feel good.
- If your presentation is being videotaped in front of the live spectators, neglect the camera.
- Same way, if you are being interviewed in front of the camera, the viewer hopes to see you conversing with your live spectators or interviewer.
- If you are interviewed by a television reporter, keep your statements short and to the point.