Dealing with Stage Fright

Do you panic when you think about getting in front of a bunch of people? Whether it's a conference speech, wedding toast, or sports competition, sweaty palms and shaky knees are commonplace. Here are a few practical tips for overcoming the anxiety associated with stage fright.

Recent posts on Stage Fright

How Do We Laugh in Times of Tragedy?

By Judy Carter on October 04, 2017 in Stress Is a Laughing Matter
How do standup comics make people laugh in times of tragedy? In this article, comic Judy Carter recalls what happened in a show after 9/11

The Talking Cure

By Bruce Grierson on September 28, 2017 in The Carpe Diem Project
What does it take to conquer a phobia? Maybe just 12 hours of insane courage.

Back to School and Back to Pressure

By Hendrie Weisinger Ph.D. on September 20, 2017 in Thicken Your Skin
Can your kids perform under pressure? Can they summon their talent at will? Can they deliver on a test? Can they sleep at night?
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Speak Up!

Consider these six keys to confident presenting as you work to lower your anxiety around public speaking. Try and put the focus on your audience.

When Mindset Isn’t Enough

By Deborah Grayson Riegel MSW on July 06, 2017 in Speak Easy
Do you sweat, shake, or have stomach pain before a big presentation? Here are five practical strategies to mask the symptoms when having a positive mindset just isn't enough.

Learning to Love the Mat

By Reid Wilson Ph.D. on April 10, 2017 in All about Anxiety
You can expect to end up on the mat repeatedly. But the less you worry about being thrown to the mat, the less likely you are to end up there.

A Profound Experience With the Toilet

By Reid Wilson Ph.D. on March 19, 2017 in All about Anxiety
In any distressing situation, we have only two choices: Accept or resist. You have to find a way to willingly welcome your uncertainty and distress.

How to Give a Persuasive Speech

By Tim David on February 28, 2017 in The Magic of Human Connection
Why is public speaking SO HARD? Ever wish for a simple formula to do it more effectively and more persuasively? Here are my tips from a lifetime of blowing into microphones.

3 Essential Tips for Overcoming Public Speaking Anxiety

By Andy Molinsky Ph.D. on February 26, 2017 in Adaptation
3 essential tips for overcoming public speaking anxiety.

Somebody’s Watching. Now What?

Does an audience improve or inhibit performance? It depends.

Anxiety Treatment: Should You Be Wary of Anxiety Medication?

Feeling anxious? There's lots of ways to ease the jitters, but be wary of some of them!

Good Public Speaking Without Fear

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 14, 2016 in How To Do Life
A fear that often can be overcome.

Understanding and Treating Selective Mutism

By Barbara Markway Ph.D. on October 13, 2016 in Shyness Is Nice
Does your child speak freely and easily at home, but not at school or other public places? Find out if your child has selective mutism, a childhood anxiety disorder.

17 Ways to Fix this Common Type of Social Anxiety

Extreme fear of public speaking is one of the most prevalent form of anxiety disorders. New research shows how you can test, and overcome yours.

Trump and Clinton Debate Public Speaking Strategies

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on September 25, 2016 in Intentional Insights
Trump and Clinton use research-based strategies to inform their debate and public speaking skills - and now you can use the same to be a better public speaker!

Learning From Chris Sharma

By Reid Wilson Ph.D. on September 21, 2016 in All about Anxiety
What a no-ropes rock climber can teach us about tackling our Anxiety.

Conquer Public Speaking Anxiety Via Emotional Intelligence

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on September 17, 2016 in Intentional Insights
A few tips will go a long way to addressing any anxiety around public speaking

Tune Up Your Therapy with Healing Song and Support

By Lisa Aronson Fontes Ph.D. on September 14, 2016 in Invisible Chains
Feeling stuck or shy and lacking joy? Singing in a supportive group can help bring your groove back.

A First-Hand Report on Stage Fright

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 07, 2016 in How To Do Life
I'm doing a one-man show tonight...for the first time.

An Interview with Tony Robbins

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 20, 2016 in How To Do Life
The famous self-improvement expert's advice on achieving success in career, weight loss, resiliency, and public speaking.

Living in the Limelight and the Underbelly of Superfluidity

What can we learn from Prince's tragic death? This blog post offers some insights based on the latest neuroscience of opioid addiction and the common pitfalls of fame and fortune.

Public Speaking for Not-Naturals

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 22, 2016 in How To Do Life
A not-too complicated approach to getting rousing applause.

Want People to Behave Better? Give Them More Privacy

By David Berreby on April 30, 2016 in The Outsourced Mind
Think people are at their best when they know they're being watched? It's not so.

What's a Parent to Do? The Advice Edge

How do you discuss your child's performance with them? The timing and content are important for good results. This applies to our own performance, too.

Gerald Klickstein on Music Performance Anxiety

The future of mental health interview series continues with Gerald Klickstein on music performance anxiety.

How I Coach Actors

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 02, 2016 in How To Do Life
Ideas that may apply to all coaches, counselors, & anyone who speaks to a group.

Is it Shameful to Feel Lonely?

By Donna Barstow on March 30, 2016 in Ink Blots Cartoons
This week's news in online dating: the NY Times praises Tinder, and Pew Research says, it's not THAT bad.

How to De-Shrill Hillary Clinton

If Hillary Clinton could accept that her supporters want her help and like her, she would relax her guard, lose her shrillness, smile and get elected.

Let's Pretend!

Handling challenging situations in a constructive way can involve resolving past issues and addressing future concerns so that you can live most effectively in the present.

How to Practice Peace and Interconnectedness

By Diana Raab PhD on December 22, 2015 in The Empowerment Diary
Observing the holiday decorations this year, I noticed there were more peace signs that in years prior. It was a beautiful reminder that peace in contagious and a good practice.