“I was born for the spotlight.” There are those who can say this comfortably. But there are also those who’d rather work at the background. If you belong to the first, that’s a good start. Knowing that you can be comfortable even when on a platform in front of people is a way to have strong stage presence and stage confidence.
However, if you belong to the latter, maybe not wanting to be at the sidelines. Wanting to be at the front but feels he or she is unable to. Then, you belong to the majority. And it’s quite normal.
The fear of committing mistakes in front of an audience, the fear of being judged by those who are watching us. These are signals that travel to our brains, and our brain, in turn, responds by letting the body have those “jitters.” We begin to shake, our hands get clammy, our bladder fills up quicker than usual, our eyesights become blurry, and our memory sometimes may even fail us.
How To Overcome Anxiety
Studies have shown that because of the fight and flight response in our nervous system, it might not actually be possible to overcome stage fright or public speaking jitters absolutely and completely.
On the other hand, it’s not something that can’t be solved. It doesn’t have to take permanence in our lives. And it shouldn’t.
Always set it in mind that you are NOT the only one who goes through this. Set it in mind that you are capable of getting over those nerves. Simply breathe. Give yourself some time and space, and don’t do anything. You need to be able to free your mind.
Get rid of the negative thoughts that will constantly cloud your head. Proactively shut out thoughts of what you think other people may think of you and your speaking. Proactively shut out thoughts of failure. Think positive and anticipate success.
1. Public Speaking Books: Talk Like TED
TED Talks are revolutionizing the world, one talk at a time, so to speak. If you haven’t been to any one of their seminars or conferences, don’t worry. You can still be inspired by this group’s worldview and perspectives through their books. By motivated by the world’s greatest minds and find out that you are capable to be great, too! Once you have this in your core, use it to channel your inner strength and overcome anxiety.
2. Public Speaking Books: Stage Fight
Does public speaking scare the bejeezus out of you? To the point where it paralyzes you and you begin to dread it and hate yourself for it? Worry not because it doesn’t have to be that way anymore. Author Cody Smith has intelligently written this book that gives you that push to push away stage fright fighting. Tongue twister much? Well, twist those negative thoughts that stop you from reaching your potential in speaking in front of an audience and become a pro at public speaking.
3. Public Speaking Books: Present Yourself In Public Speaking
Be free to speak up. This brilliantly straightforward book will encourage you to put yourself out there and be transformed into a confident speaker. Shyness and self-criticism that stem from low self-esteem are factors that can be dealt with so that you can be on stage, speak, and shine brilliantly!