Overcoming Stage Fright

In about a week, our Creative Claws Club will be performing at a Writer’s Corner. I will be participating and let me tell you something, and I have the worst stage fright ever.

I get super shaky, my face turns red, and I start stuttering. One time, I even threw up. I know, TMI, right? But seriously, I bet a lot of you out there can relate. That is why I have done some research on the subject and guess what? There are multiple ways to help you overcome stage fright.

In the article, "Conquering Stage Fright", from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, it states…

“Public speaking is said to be the biggest fear reported by many American adults, topping flying, financial ruin, sickness, and even death.”

That’s pretty insane if you ask me. And the article points out how it is easy to joke about how we are scared of public speaking, but then it reminds us it is a problem, but it is a problem with potential solutions. Some of the examples given in the article include: 

Shifting your view from your fear to your purpose, practice ways to calm your body, such as deep breathing and prepare and practice your material beforehand. My favorite bit of advice given is to give up trying to be perfect and realize it is okay to make mistakes. Be natural and be yourself.

To read up on more tips about how to overcome your stage fright, click on this link.