Many people believe incorrectly that stage fright only afflicts performers. However, this is not true. Stage fright can hit you any time you need to be in front of an audience. For example, suppose you were asked to speak to a room full of conference attendees regarding something in your field. If this is your first time speaking to colleagues or an audience, you might be afraid to take the podium. Suppose you have just landed a presentation meeting for a potential client’s board of directors, and you have to show why the client should choose your product over your competitors. You might be getting sweaty palms just thinking about it. Maybe, you are asked to lead a hike for young campers, giving them the information they need about flora and fauna. You could be nervous before you hit the trail. These are all ways you can experience stage fright even though you aren’t a performer.
What Can You Do About Stage Fright?
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, stage fright that leads to near panic by the person is known as social anxiety disorder or social phobia. Stage fright causes low self-esteem and breaks self-confidence in people. ADAA says you can employ a number of tricks to help you relax and get on that stage.
Singing and Stage Fright
At Breakthrough Performance Workshop, you learn a number of these techniques. When you take the eight-week course, you use singing to break through your fears that hold you back in life. Singing is a great release of anxiety because it calms you and sends endorphins into your system. At the end of the course, participants have to appear on stage to perform a song. Because many participants in the class have never performed on stage before this, you learn to do deep breathing relaxation, learn to be human and accept mistakes, learn to visualize success and a cheering audience, and learn to be confident. While you might be afraid to perform your song, you are confident in your expertise to do it, so you do. When you are on stage, you will not be afraid to be there or of the audience. You will be joyful and let your true spirit come through you. After the performance, you will have confidence in other performances of your life whether in a sales presentation, on a hike or in a industry conference.