There are two types of people in the world: those who love speaking in public and those who are scared stiff at the thought of it. Performance anxiety and stage fright are perfectly normal phenomena that occur to many people. It is important for you to understand what stage fright is so that you can fully overcome it. Read further to Improve Self-Confidence While Speaking on Stage
“Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the doing.”
Stage fright or performance anxiety is a persistent phobia which is aroused in an individual when required to perform in front of an audience.
Best 10 ways to gain more Confidence.
1. Know Your Stuff.
Nothing will stop stage fright in its gripping tracks like being prepared. Know your content, your speech and more importantly your audience. If you know what you are talking about then you have no reason to be nervous.
Understanding your topic will enable you to speak more naturally and hence more confidently. Also, should a technical hitch occur, this won’t faze you as you are already confident on the subject.
2. It is Not All About You.
Though you might feel like everyone is out to laugh, criticize or judge you, that is not the case. Get over the feeling that the world is going to hang on your every mistake.
Focus on your speech, audience and what they deserve from you. This will ease the pressure that is already accumulating.
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3. Keep Calm, Don’t Rush It.
Don’t rush your presentation. Start slow and allow yourself time to get into a comfortable pace. You need time to get used to the audience and the audience also needs time to get used to you.
4. Never Apologize for Being Nervous.
Three-quarters of the time, no one will notice you are nervous. Why tell them? You may feel yourself shaking and shivering, but your audience might not be aware of it. Don’t mention it. It will make your audience nervous too and they will be too worried about your performance to get much out of your presentation.
5. When Things go Wrong.
Sooner or later, something will go wrong. Your projector or microphone might stop working. If you already know your content, then chances are that this won’t phase you as much. If, for instance, your microphone stops working, don’t stress over it, carry on with a louder voice. Chances are the technical people are already stressing and working to sort the problem out, so you get worried over the same issue won’t help.
6. Practice, Practice, Practice.
Knowing your stuff helps, but it doesn’t necessarily eradicate the problem. You need to practice as much as you can before the performance or public speaking d-day.
Really know your content inside out and practice (preferably in front of a live audience) as much as possible to build your confidence.
7. Don’t Fight Your Stage Fright … Work With It.
You have to expect and accept the fact that you will feel anxious, especially in the first few minutes of your presentation. The more you resist your anxiety, the more it will work against you. Again, focus on the presentation when speaking in public and the anxiety will slowly ease off.
Follow the above points to Improve your Self-Confidence While Speaking on Stage.