Stage fright or fear of public speaking as we all know is a persistent phobia which may arouse in an individual when he or she has to perform/speak on stage. We all should know that no one is a good orator by birth, he or she has to become one!
The idea of speaking in front of people can put the most confident person into a cold sweat even successful actors, politicians, athletes and musician suffer shaky hands and sweaty palms before going on stage. It is a natural phenomenon and can be overcome by practice. It is clearly seen that teenagers hesitate to speak because of peer pressure.
One should first develop confidence by speaking in front of mirrors and taking advise from parents/teachers or from the one you can confide in. The most important thing to overcome this fear is to participate in everything without thinking about winning and losing.
Before going on stage, one should keep a few things in mind:
- Don’t rehearse constantly, take short breaks.
- Speak about something you like to say.
- When you see the audience, do not get nervous or think if you forget.
We all are humans we are bound to make mistakes so learn from your past mistakes. Before going to the stage from now onwards, remember a saying by John Ford:
You can speak well if your tongue can deliver the message of your heart.