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Stage Fright - Points to Get Over It

I experienced stage fright in elementary and early secondary years as students but I overcome by following these tips.

Communication is an essential part of our life as human beings. We cannot do away with it. Like the famous line that goes: No man is an Island, we need to get in touch with others for social development. The fear, however, to speak in front of a crowd is a common difficulty one has to overcome. The five tips below are what I personally used as an individual to overcome stage fright as a student.

1. Communicate With Your Peers More Often

While it is true that some of us are introverts, the truth is we have friends of our own whom we can be who we are without reservations. Being with these types of friends is a boon in one's life because you can open up without the fear of being judged. Take this as an opportunity to develop your confidence in communicating with others. Try to discuss with them things that you love or hate. Talk about your homeworks if they happen to be your classmates or tasks that you have in common so that you are at the same ground. Do this more often.

2. Start with Small Groups

During group tasks in classes, do not be afraid to share your ideas with your group mates. If you have nothing to share, try asking them about the task. Try offering help in the planning and preparation phase so that you are not being left behind. If these do not work because of the type of group you have, try asking help from your teacher to place you to a group that you are comfortable to work with. If you are afraid to be a presenter of the group in front of the class, try presenting how you are going to do it just in your group. If you are pushed to be a presenter in front of the class, grab the opportunity to have the experience. The fear to present before a crowd is normal but the chance to have the experience to overcome such fear even in a small group is a very big start.

3. Join Organizations

Schools have different clubs or organizations for students. Try being a member or an officer in these clubs. Doing so will help you meet different types of people and you will learn how to deal with different personalities under different perspectives. These organizations hold meetings where you can observe how they present themselves and how they deal with a crowd. In some cases, you will be asked to be a speaker in the organizational level. Take the challenge and do not worry of prejudices. Many of the people in one organization support each other so you don't have to worry that much.

4. Master Your Speech or Piece

Some people tremble in front of a group of people because they are worried to commit mistake. Committing an error in public usually causes trauma and phobia. In few cases, this becomes the point where people start to hate being in front of a crowd. This, however, can be countered. If you think that you are not that familiar yet with your speech, try practicing it many times. You can practice with your friend and ask his/her feedback about it. If you are not ready to have your speech heard by anyone, practice in front of a mirror. This way you can listen to your own speech while you see your own expression as you deliver it. You can also practice with your favorite pets like dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, or any animal friend that you have. They will not be able to give you feedback but you will get the hang of speaking confidently. You may also roll your shoulders, take a deep breath, blubber words, or sing a song to ease your nerves. Going to a calming place like mountains, fields, garden, and the like will help you think more and practice more.

5. Avoid Getting Distracted and Be Confident

Being distracted while on a speech or presentation can make get you off-track. You might find a hard time getting back to your topic if the distraction is in front of you. Most of the times, what gets you distracted is one of your audience. You might see someone from your spectator who appears to be laughing, smirking, or any other negative expression. To avoid being distracted, just look at your audience once in a while and do not focus in one direction. Also, always be confident in front and show necessary expressions to convey your point. Your audience doesn't know what you are going to say next so stay confident. Realize that what you are afraid of is your own judgment. So, promise yourself to be your own best friend. Put in mind that what and how you see yourself will build a strong foundation of becoming a better person.

The tips above are deemed useful in my personal experiences as a student. I used to be an introvert and is very much afraid to speak in front to avoid being judged. During recitations, I usually whisper the answer to my seatmate and he answers it before the class. I used those tips to overcome stage fright since my teachers pushed me to be more. If you are no longer a student and is still going through a stage fright, you can still follow those tips. It's just that the context changes but the content is still there.

© 2020 Jimmy Bio Jr


Jimmy Bio Jr (author) from Tabaco City, Albay, Philippines on May 05, 2020:

Hello, Ran. I might have overlooked it while typing. Thanks for noticing it and for the generous words words as well.

Ran on May 05, 2020:

Thanks for all your tips and pieces of advice on overcoming stage fright. I really find it very helpful.

But, you mentioned there are six tips, I am trying to look for the 6th one. Did I overlook it?

Jimmy Bio Jr (author) from Tabaco City, Albay, Philippines on May 05, 2020:

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Thank you for your kind words Chardie. You are one of the many people that everyone needs today to boost their morale. May you be blessed more in life.

Chardie Cat from Northern Mindanao, Philippines on May 05, 2020:

It’s good to know you have come to terms with stage fright. It doesn’t matter which field you are in. If you have the passion for it, then pursue it and be good at it. Congrats!

Jimmy Bio Jr (author) from Tabaco City, Albay, Philippines on May 05, 2020:

Thank you for sharing your experiences, Chardie. As a student I was drowning in fear of being judged because of my bad experiences as a child. Also, I was afraid to commit mistakes and I thought that I wasn't doing enough.

When my fourth year high school teacher pushed me to join an oratorical contest where I placed second, I got a pill of confidence. Since then, I continued joining extemporaneous speaking and oratorical contests despite the fact that I took Mathematics as my major. I was hailed champion in extemporaneous speaking in the regional level when I was in third year college and ended up in the third spot in the national level.

Truly, as you say, public speaking requires self-trust which I have developed late in my student life.

Chardie Cat from Northern Mindanao, Philippines on May 05, 2020:

Being introverted didn’t hamper me from showing off my gift of tongue. This is not an expression of a braggadocio but when I was in the university, I bested other contenders in a speech contest. Though I knew since then that writing is my stuff, I needed to prove that I am good in both departments—written and verbal.

Actually, stage fright is not an enemy, but a public speaker’s best friend. Why? Because it reminds you honestly of your weakness and when you get your composure, it transforms into a bursting energy of a fighter. If you don’t experience stage fright, you must be a programmed automaton.

Don’t be afraid of stage fright, it’s normal. Don’t shoo it away. Instead, seize it and then take control and use it to your advantage. Public speaking only requires one thing—absolute preparation. But, back it up with self-trust. Then, you will be fine.

This is actually a good article, especially for beginners. Good job, Jimmy!

Jimmy Bio Jr (author) from Tabaco City, Albay, Philippines on May 05, 2020:

That is a very big help, Marie. I haven't considered those points before I wrote this article. Reading your comment with a lot of suggestions help me think more. I have included some of your suggestions now. I am most thankful of your help. God bless you more madam.

Marie Flint from Jacksonville, FL USA on May 04, 2020:

I was sometimes terrible in front of the class when asked to speak. Often it depended on how passionate I felt about the words I had to give. Yes, the greatest fear is being judged. Of course, the teacher has to give some kind of a grade, but the students, more often than not, are rooting for you because they're going to have to do the same thing, if they haven't already.

Additional help: PRACTICE. In front of a mirror, in front of the dog, while walking to school--however, wherever and as often as you can. Breath deeply a few times at the onset of your practice. Shake your hands. Make faces. Cough. Make ridiculous, blubbering sounds. Roll your shoulders. Realize that what you are afraid of is your own judgment. So, promise yourself to be your own best friend.

Jimmy Bio Jr (author) from Tabaco City, Albay, Philippines on May 03, 2020:

Hello, Umesh. Thank you for your appreciation. This adds up fuel to me as I write more in hubpages. More power!

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on May 03, 2020:

Good article. Nice reading.

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