Singer Taylor Swift walks on stage at the Teen Choice Awards at the Gibson amphitheater in Universal City

Ready for that stage performance or that scary presentation? There is no need to be scared though it is something that is commonly associated with the events discussed above. Read these 5 tips and overcome our stage fright before you mess up!

Give yourself a stop-time for your anxiety. This is quite a normal thing when you have a presentation, a talk show or any stage performance.if the show is at 2pm, then say to yourself, ?Self, you get to have until 11am to be as whiney and miserable as you want. At 2pm, we?re kicking in to the part of us that knows I can do this. I need you to be ready for that moment. Up ?til then, have at it.? This ?allowance? is liberating. Because you?re giving yourself non-resistance time, some of the stage fright actually has space to diffuse. The stop-time will show you the side of you that can take over and be confident. Slowly, that confident side will grow.

Exercise. The level of fear will minimize when you practice and rehearse what you going to do better. I get up early and head right to the gym and work out. It gets your emotions in a better place and helps also build your confidence

Concentrate on what you are about to do. It?s also best to sometimes forget about the audience.  Make believe that you are in front of the mirror or your family. Go over your act prior to leaving the house. Be confident in the knowledge that what you are about to perform on stage has been learned well, whether you are going to dance, sing, or perform in a play with others. Take a deep breath and go give your best.

Get in the audience. Not all people do this but it is one trick that works. You can go early to the venue, try and speak to the people who are coming to watch you perform. As simple as that? Just wander around in the audience and talk. It will relax you. Also practice in front of family, friends, and stuffed animals (surprise?) and even in front of empty chairs so that you become used to performing in front of people.

Believe in yourself! You?ve got to believe in the value of your message and yourself! Know that your presentation or anything you are going to do has the potential to change lives. Your words are powerful and can impact lives in more ways than one.

Source : Akosua Sekyewaa Oduro

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