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Stop Obsessing Over Stage Fright

overcoming_stage_fearDo you suffer from stage fright ?

Don't worry. You're not alone. Approximately 9 out of 10 people suffer from anxiety while facing an audience. Mind you, this includes even top celebrities from the movie industry and also celebrated artists worldwide.

A 2013 article from Huffington Post quoted a list of 16 celebrities who have acknowledged their stage fright openly. Megan Fox, Adele and Barbara Streisand are just a few names that cropped up from this list.

Surprised ?

I don't blame you. No amount of planning and preparation can completely wipe out your stress levels before you begin your talk,presentation or stage performance.

Now hold on ! All is not lost. Not all stress is bad for your performance.There's good stress and bad stress. Some stress is actually good for you and at times necessary for you to achieve peak performance. Good stress is referred to as eustress. eu is a greek term that means "good" and was first coined by an endocrinologist Dr Hans Selye.

Imagine a situation where you have to give a presentation to a large audience and you have zero stress. You are totally relaxed and least worried. Is that ideal ? What does that do to your energy levels and enthusiasm ? You might even feel lethargic and complacent. This is however not an argument for getting stressed up before your stage event. The trick is to get your stress response to an optimum level that is neither paralyzing you nor leaving you totally carefree and complacent.

"Courage is not the absence of fear. It is acting in spite of it" , said Mark Twain. I'm quite certain that you and all our famous celebrities would agree to this quote. So do not try to extinguish fear completely or obsess over it. Rather, learn to channelize it towards achieving your peak performance on stage. I wish you all the very best !

By Midhun Manmadhan ( Think Level Four provides training in presentations skills and public speaking in Hyderabad apart from other soft skills training)


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