How Do You Overcome Stage Fright & Social Anxiety

Dr. Purushothaman
June 16, 2024

People going through anxiety while speaking in public is very common. The anxiety ranges from little hesitation to extreme fear and panic. To avoid this form of fear, many people avoid speaking in front of large groups of people. In this article, we list down some of the ways through which you can overcome such fear.

  • Whenever you are speaking in public, you must know your topic well. The more you know about your topic, the fewer mistakes you would make. And even if you make a mistake, you would be able to recover quickly. Also, prepare for the question which the audience might ask you so that you are ready with the answer. This type of preparation will help in avoiding extreme fear or panic during public speaking.
  • Practise is the key to success while speaking in public. Practise your presentation well and in front of less familiar people. Ask them about the feedback and see the areas where improvement is required. Practising more and more will assist you in overcoming anxiety while speaking in front of a large public.
  • Make a list of things that worries you during speaking in public and take them as a challenge. When you directly challenge the problem, the probability of you overcoming it is much higher. Therefore, take public speaking as a challenge and work on improving the outcome.
  • Deep breathing has been an age-old technique to overcome panic attacks. You must take two or more deep slow breaths before stepping onto the podium for your speech.
  • Many times people get anxious on the stage during public speaking because they focus more on the audience and less on the material. You must not worry about the audience noticing your nervousness. And if they find out that you are nervous, there is a high probability that they would root for your success during the presentation.
  • When you are speaking in public and lose the track of what you are saying, it can cause nervousness and anxiety. During such moments a few seconds of silence seems like you were silent for an eternity. In such moments, it is always advisable to pause a bit, take few deep breaths and carry on from where you left without any hesitation.
  • One of the ways to overcome stage fear is by joining a group that offers help to such people. You may join classes providing lessons on public speaking and leadership skills to overcome difficulty in public speaking.
  • When you fear public speaking, you must have a positive mindset to overcome it. One of the best ways to reduce fear is imagining the success after your speech. Imagining how good you would feel when your presentation goes well will help you in decreasing some of your negative thoughts.

The above mentioned are some of the best remedies for anxiety caused by speaking in front of a large group of people. If at any point in life, you have stage fear, panic or anxiety due to stage fear, you may get in touch with Living In Wellbeing’s expert counsellors and involve yourself in motivational and inspirational talk with us.

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