Stage fright is a nuisance. We will never get rid of it completely, but there are helpful ways to handle it. Here are five of them.
5. Switch to the closer horse. In contrary to common belief, trying to calm down helps little. While meditating on a regular basis enhances our ability to keep a cool mind, practising it right before a talk is quite ineffective. As studies have shown (and our experience has confirmed), reframing your anxiety is by far the better option. So, instead of trying to breath slowly and cleanse your mind – tell yourself that the feeling you are having is – excitement. Keep telling yourself – maybe while rising your arms: “I am so excited to give this talk!” Yes, this is counterintuitive, but it works well.