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.

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The Psychology of Performance

Singer and voice teach Elena Greco shares her top tips for dealing with performance anxiety.

The Secret of Effective Speaking Skills from Trump

If you can bear listening to the candidates running for the presidency, you might have noticed that they are in competition with who has had the most difficult, impoverished childhoods. Here's how having a wretched childhood can help you connect with others and become president of the United States.

7 Ways to Calm Your Worries Fast

Knowing how to deal with your anxious thoughts will prevent self-doubt and fear from holding you back.

5 Reasons Not to Fear Public Speaking

By Victor Lipman on October 02, 2015 Mind of the Manager
Great speakers are made, not born (as are plain old good ones). Consider the examples of this famous five. All overcame significant public speaking confidence problems — and so can you.

10 Techniques For Overcoming Speaker's Anxiety

By Joe Navarro M.A. on August 17, 2015 Spycatcher
We have all experienced the nervousness and anxiety of having to speak in public. Here are ten easy ways professional speakers overcome the jitters.

When the Creativity Researcher Goes Back to Being Creative

By James C Kaufman on August 17, 2015 And All That Jazz
For half of me, this is a dream come true. I’m revisiting my musical and reworking the script with my director Valeria and rewriting some songs with my composer Michael. The other half of me is feeling impostor syndrome for the first time since grad school – what the hell am I doing?

47 Tips For Public Speaking

Want to get paid to speak? Here are 47 tips, ideas, and insights I've compiled from some of the most successful speakers today that will help grow your business...

Penalty Shoot-Outs Are Not a Lottery

By Ben Lyttleton on July 23, 2015 Twelve Yards
Why scoring a penalty-kick in soccer is more about the mind than the foot

Unique Musical "Chairs"

What training opportunities exist for professional musicians who want to incorporate knowledge and skills in performance psychology? Where might they go to augment their expertise, whether as a professor, a licensed mental health practitioner with a specialty niche, or a mental skills coach for other musicians?

The Catch-22s of Anxiety

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on March 31, 2015 In Practice
Why don’t people seek help so they can live life more fully, without being limited by anxiety? Obviously there are practical barriers like cost, time off work, and child care. However, there are also some key psychological reasons that are specific to anxiety: Aspects of anxiety itself get in the way of people seeking treatment.

Pressure Anxiety: A Contemporary Plague

Pressure Anxiety---if you don't have it, chances are great you know many who do!

Fear and the Fear of Fear

There are often two levels to our negative feelings, such as fear. Not only do we fear things, but we fear our fearful responses. This "affect phobia" is at the root of many emotional problems.

5 Tips for Transforming Stage Fright into Stage Delight

Instead of trying to be calm, you can use your nervous energy for positive results. Here are two tips for counteracting your negative self-talk with positive nervousness before you go on stage and three tips to keep you engaging and likable while you are speaking:

Overcoming Fear of Public Speaking

The more you focus on the people listening to you, and the less you worry about what everyone is thinking about you, the less anxiety you will have and the more confident you will be in speaking. Practice these six keys in everyday interactions with family or friends. The better you get at it, the easier it will be to do it.

Ain't Much Left of Lovin' You

Prolonged exposure therapy requires you to gradually move closer to scenarios that resemble the event that haunts you. It can help you fall out of love!

42 Signs that You are a Narcissist

Discover your degree of self-centeredness with these 42 signs indicating narcissism.

Grow a Key Inner Strength

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on February 23, 2015 Your Wise Brain
Use these four questions help grow inner strengths. 1) What's the issue? 2) What psychological resource - inner strength - if it were more present in your mind, would really help with this issue? 3) How could you have experiences of this inner strength? 4) How could you help this experience of the inner strength really sink in to you?

7 Ways to Be Kinder to Yourself

Your inner dialogue can either fuel your success or prevent you from reaching your greatest potential.

Stress and Anxiety

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on February 04, 2015 In Practice
Insights and practical strategies.

Broken Heart Syndrome

Examining the physics of broken heart syndrome

The 6 Anti-Resolutions You Should Have Made for 2015

If most of your normal resolutions have fallen by the wayside, here’s a list of six anti-resolutions that are actually worth keeping. Science (and experience) has shown that keeping these can make you happier, healthier, and more connected. Why wait till next year?

Do You Have Executive Presence?

When you walk into a room at work are people naturally drawn to you? When you sit at a meeting table do others ask to hear your thoughts? When there’s a decision to be made do people seek our your ideas?

Renewable Energy

Most people prefer not to go to work. You have the power to change that.

Best Parenting Books of 2014?

By Polly Palumbo Ph.D. on January 26, 2015 Momma Data
Do you avoid parenting books? Do you devour them? In either case, here are some books worth reading that aren't the typical "how to parent" fodder. These thought-provoking selections question what we know about brain science, adolescence, child vaccinations, anxiety and postpartum depression among other topics. No potty training or self-esteem building tips included.

Should You Change Jobs?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on December 21, 2014 How To Do Life
This internal debate may help you decide whether to look for different work.

If Santa Were Real

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on December 14, 2014 How To Do Life
17 questions to help you figure out what you want, what you really want.

How to Overcome Fear of Water

By Patty Chang Anker on December 09, 2014 Some Nerve
46% of Americans are afraid of the deep-end of a pool. 37% are unable to swim, and almost 4000 a year die of drowning. How can we help the millions of fearful swimmers learn to enjoy the water safely? —We must address the fear first. Anyone who enters the pool overwhelmed by fear of embarrassment, failing, being out of control, or who goes into flight/fight mode, can't

A Practical Path to Prominence

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 24, 2014 How To Do Life
How a non-techie won four national awards in technology. Lessons for anyone trying to become prominent in their field.

Genes, Depression, and Anxiety

Depression and anxiety are complex psychiatric conditions that can negatively impact your life. Consume nutrients that turn on genes that will uplift your mood.

Relax Needless Fear Around Others

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on November 10, 2014 Your Wise Brain
Most of the time, people could care less what you're doing - you are just a bit player in their own personal drama. Or if they do care, it's a passing feeling. Even if the other person reacts to you, most likely you could handle it fine. If there is something to deal with - a conflict, a betrayal - you can be clear-eyed and strong, without being anxious.