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

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

By Eric R. Maisel Ph.D. on April 04, 2016 in Rethinking Mental Health
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 Ph.D. 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.

Front and Center: An Important Domain for Women

By Audrey Nelson Ph.D. on December 22, 2015 in He Speaks, She Speaks
Only during the last two or three decades have we finally arrived at a new consciousness of the way sex-role socialization has limited our style of expression in public speaking.

Perfectionism: Benefit or Detriment to Performers?

By Robert H. Woody Ph.D. on December 15, 2015 in Live... In Concert
Rather than being a key to optimal musical growth, research suggests that a perfectionist mindset may in fact derail an aspiring musician's development altogether.

3 Ways to Tackle Telephone Phobia

By Jean Kim M.D. on December 15, 2015 in Culture Shrink
Are you afraid of using the phone to call people? You are not alone. Here are some simple strategies to tackle this not uncommon form of social phobia.

The Behavioral Economics of Stage Fright

By Peter A. Ubel M.D. on December 08, 2015 in Scientocracy
When something changes the way we feel about a decision, it will probably change the way we think about it, too.
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The Psychology of Performance

By Eric R. Maisel Ph.D. on November 12, 2015 in Rethinking Mental Health
Singer and voice teach Elena Greco shares her top tips for dealing with performance anxiety.