Most people suffer from stage fright to some degree. Even if it means that they break out in a sweat when they need to stand up in front of people and give a speech. This might happen at work if you need to present a report to your team. Or if you are expected to give a speech at a wedding. Or want to ask a question from the audience, but can’t find the courage to stand up and ask.
Stage fright is one of our biggest fears, but if you are a singer or a performer, it can be your worst enemy. Whether you are an amateur or a professional singer, ‘the show must go on’, which means that you have to go on and perform.
So how can you get on top of stage fright and feel comfortable performing in front of an audience?
The worst thing you can do is to avoid situations where you are overcome with stage fright because you will never be free of your fear. Instead, spend time researching cognitive behavioural techniques. As these have proven to be quite successful in helping people overcome their fear of being in front of an audience.
You can also try some of the following techniques
- Stop thinking about being afraid and focus on giving the gift of your singing to your audience.
- Think positive and reassuring thoughts, rather than negative and fearful thoughts.
- Incorporate relaxation techniques into your daily life, such as meditation, Tai Chi or Yoga.
- Use visualisation techniques to see yourself standing on stage, enjoying yourself, as you sing with confidence.
- Know your lyrics and practice repeatedly before your performance.
- Think of the audience as your friends, rather than a group of people who will judge or criticise your singing.
- Don’t try for perfection, just plan to enjoy yourself on stage.
- Live a healthy and active life.
With all of these tips, hopefully you will be able to get rid of your stage fright, walk on stage and experience a dream performance!