Ways to overcome your stage-fear and speak in public


Stage-fear is a common attribute to many young and old alike and to overcome it one must know the art of public speaking. When you go up in front of a crowd your scared. Why? Are they going to throw tomatoes at you if you say something by mistake? No. The fear of being judged and laughed at might trigger a feeling of in-capability when you’re in front of a crowd. The way to overcome this is to feel confident.

The different ways to overcome your fear and speak in public:


(There is an exception of course; if a child has been performing on stage since his/her young age then there isn't a tendency to feel afraid whilst coming on stage)

Debating:


Debating is a good way to come onto stage and express your views on various topics. Being in a debate means that you either choose the "for" side or the "against" side for your topic and make points based on that.
Some things you should check before you go onstage for a debate is:
a) Content: Make sure before you go on stage your content is to the point and is accurate. Generally in debates you'll have a time limit, so make sure that your matter doesn't exceed that time and is precise.
b) Memorizing: When you go out for a debate, the major fear will be to speak in front of a large group of people. The best way to overcome this is to be confident. To be confident you need to know your debate inside-out. Say the debate to yourself a few times till you get the hang of it. Then say it to friends and family so that they can encourage you. Say it in front of the mirror to monitor your expressions.
c) Body Language:When you're speaking make sure you don't keep a straight face and a stiff body. That shows that you aren't very confident in what you're saying. Let your hands talk while you're speaking. Put up different expressions depending on the sensitive points in your matter.
d) Voice-modulation: When you speak in a debate, everything counts, i.e. body language, matter, time and the pitch. When you speak, it's always nice to be animated to your audience. Make the debate casual, like your speaking to a friend and add in the surprise, or the anger, or the fierceness to your statements. This type of voice changes help to keep the audience in grip.

Group Discussions:


These are a less more individualistic. You are in a group of say ten members and you have to speak without getting up or going up on stage, this type of communication is more relaxing and you are not the center of every one's eyes. This also helps to communicate with others and open up to a different environment. Group discussions are meant for people who are scared to speak in public to gain a little ground.

Elocution's:

In these types of competitions, a topic is given to you may be around a minute before you are asked to speak. Whatever comes to your mind, you need to go and speak. This is a trickier way of speaking since you don't have time to prepare. Generally this type of speaking happens before a crowd only, but this type of speaking is helpful as it helps to make you think faster. It shows how much a person's creativity or knowledge is.

Co-curricular Activities:

People love to see talent, regardless of who it's coming from, so if you're good at anything, ex. singing, dancing, playing an instrument, drawing, etc. then you shouldn't miss an opportunity. Of course there is the apprehension that "what will people say if they see my work," etc. but the whole point is to not bother.

My words of advice


Ultimately the need of stage-fear shouldn't exist because now days in almost every scenario people try to voice themselves out first and those who stay in the back-ground won't be noticed at all. Initial fear is common but to overcome it is mandatory. Don't bother if people will laugh at you, or if your English isn't perfect, or if you can't get the right modulation. As long as you go out there and putting the effort, the results will come back smiling at you, pestering you to go out there and do more!
So happy speaking!


Comments

Author: Venkiteswaran28 Dec 2013 Member Level: Gold   Points : 6

Too little children do not have stage fear. As far as they get an appreciative audience, they will be ready to perform, (if otherwise they are not hungry or sick).

Stage fright enters our realm when we are able to know the results and consequences of a failure. This may be by seeing such effects on others or own self.

Stage fright is actually a fear about the unknown consequence or result. If the student is confident that even if he /she fails in the performance, there is nothing bad going to happen, the student will not have stage fright. The first half of this article deals on that preparation.

So, stage fright can be avoided by instilling confidence and a detachment from results.

Preparation, training and practice help in this regard to build self-confidence. By and by, when the student goes through a few success and failures and knows that anyone can fail, then he automatically comes out of stage fright and can face any audience boldly.

Author: K Mohan18 Jan 2014 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 5

This is really a good article to discuss about and understand. I have seen many people who have more ideas and issue to discuss about , but when it comes to a platform or stage to air the same they fail miserably due to stage fear. That means they cannot address the audience. This kind of fear should not be there. We must mingle with the people in the society and discuss the current affairs. That kind of interaction will pave way for a strong presence and speech on the stage. More over never try to use difficult language on the stage while speaking and that may lead to confusing the audience and yourself too. Even there are chances of fumbling and drifting away from the topic. That should not happen.



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