Stage Fear is a common issue that every one of us face at some point in life. It could be during when we do a session or seminar or even when we have a job interview.
We all talk in our day to day life to another person or a group of people.Then why do we get stage fear when we do a presentation? The answer is because in our daily lives we are being ourselves, we are not self conscious on what we talk with a friend/family. So why let other people bother us? We could suppress our stage fear with few changes to our mind set. I hope the following factors changes yours.
- Love your work
- Have confidence on yourself
- Start with a joke
- Acceptance of the worst
- Know what you are doing
- Just 5 minutes
- Be Punctual
- Take care of yourself
- Use your Imagination
And Last but not the least
- Don’t forget to breathe 😛
Love your work
This is the most important part of avoiding your stage fear. Remember the time you were talking about a movie you just watched and loved or your favourite book? You would be feeling so overwhelmed with passion, that you forget about everything around you. If you could bring out this passion during your presentation. Then voila!!!! you’ll be surprised on how you pulled off a magical perfect speech.
Have confidence in yourself
Hmmm confidence…. the thing we lack most during a speech, which makes us screw our presentation. The best way to tackle this is by, encouraging yourself. And hey who can judge you better than yourself !! So boost up your confidence level and say ‘All is well’ 😉
Start with a joke
People forget the important aspect of life when they are stressed out, LAUGHTER.
So throw in a joke when you start a presentation. It would ease your fear and the mood of the audience . And you are up with a kick start to the presentation.
Acceptance of the worst
Did you know that there is no such thing as a ‘Perfect Presentation’? Weird right? So why do we have to worry over it? Have a prior mindset that there are possibilities of mistakes. Even if you make mistakes, who cares? There’s always a next time. But be bold to accept your mistakes.
Know what you are doing
Choose a topic which you are comfortable with, for the presentation. Prepare the content beforehand( It’s not necessary to be as perfect as ‘Hermoine’ :P, but at least be ‘Harry’ and not ‘Ron’ 😉 , forgive my ‘Harry Potter’ reference ) . Knowing that you have done all your best to prepare will make your nerve calm down a bit.
Just 5 minutes
Studies show that, the stage fear is at the peak during the first five minutes of the presentation. If you did a good job during this 5 minutes, then nothing can stop you from giving you best presentation ever. You could go through this 5 minutes by interacting with the audience or starting off with a funny story. But don’t forget that you should never be critical of the audience.
Be at the venue at least 15 mins before the presentation, so that you could avoid last minute traffic or you could also socialise with the audience before the speech, you would make some friends and talking with friends never freaks us out right?
Take care of yourself
Concentrate on keeping yourself fit for the presentation. A healthy body boosts up your confidence rate through the roof. Most importantly, eat a Banana.
Yeah, you heard me right!. Eat a banana before your presentation. Because eating something nutritious and not too filling will help with the butterflies in your stomach.
Use your imagination
Remember the person who sat beside you in your kinder garden. The person sitting in the last row could be them or it couldn’t? But hey, if it helps you that someone you know is listening to you, won’t you feel better? So run wild with your imagination,it will help you reduce your fear.
Don’t forget to breathe
Yeah I know it’s silly
But people when stressed, do forget to breathe. They just want to get the presentation to be over with as soon as possible and so they start reciting the summary they prepared with a fast pace. They think it will help with the stage fear. But actually it makes them worse. Taking deep, long breaths and going slow on the presentation is a much better way of avoiding the stage fear.
“The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
So as Mandela says, ‘Lets go conquer the fear ‘