5 Quick and Proven Ways to Overcome Stage Fright for Good

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Stage fright, be gone!

Overcoming Stage Fright

Stage fright and a fear of public speaking are pretty common.

It affects three out of four individuals and is known for being the No. 1 phobia for most people in the world.

Roughly 27 million Americans have a fear of public speaking, which is 7 percent of the U.S. population.

You're probably one of those people, as you've stumbled upon this page. But you don't care about the stats, you want proven methods to help you overcome stage fright and a fear of public speaking.

Let's not dilly-dally a minute longer, scroll below for five quick and proven methods that will help you get over your stage fright now. Because being a good public speaker is actually pretty important in life!

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1. Accept Your Nerves and Anxiety

Something most people do wrong when trying to overcome stage fright is pushing their nerves and anxiety aside. They figure that if they don't accept that it's there, they'll be able to get over their phobia. But it's actually best to work with them. This will better help calm you down when the time comes. Even the greatest, most talented public speakers get nervous. What makes them so calm is that they've accepted jitters are all a part of the process, so they don't try to hide them.

2. Go in With a Positive Outlook

It's easy to tell yourself you can't do this or that you're making a huge mistake, but we urge you to stop those negative thoughts the second you notice them creeping in. Because guess what, you can do it. Allowing yourself to wallow in this self-destructive behavior won't set you up for success. Try to keep a positive outlook on the situation and know that you're going to be okay. Doing so will ensure you experience nothing but success when the time comes.

3. Breathe

We know, we know, this is a no-brainer, but hear us out. When you're nervous or anxious about something, you tend to not breathe. You tense up and begin to breathe more rapidly than you should, which only brings on the panic attacks. So, breathe! And we're not just talking about opening your mouth or breathing through your nose. We're talking about breathing diaphragmatically, or belly breathing. Learning to take deep, meaningful breaths will help keep you calm and slow your heart rate.

4. Visualize Your Success

Say what you want about visualization, but it's been proven to work. If you envision yourself experiencing a successful outcome, that's exactly what will happen. But the more you focus on everything going wrong, you'll likely continue to be hindered by your stage fright. Focus on all the things that will work for you and see yourself being successful before your next time publicly speaking. We promise this will help ensure you do your very best.

5. Don't Try to Be Perfect

You are going to make mistakes. It's just a part of the process, but don't let that get you down. One of the biggest mistakes you could make is allowing one mishap to keep you from every stepping into the spotlight again. Don't go into your performance thinking you have to be perfect. Know that you will mess up, but learn to roll with those punches. When you take that pressure off yourself, you'll find it easier to carry out the task at hand.

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