Can we trick our brain, as to not get stage fright, when we are making a public speech?
A trick - is that really what you want? A trick is temporary, short-term, only for the moment.
What you really want, is to not feel stage-fright at all.
You want to get up their on the stage, be and feel confident in what you have prepared, able to roll with it, when they are some surprises, or someone forgets their lines, be ok with making a mistake, flow be-in-the-moment.
I’m not going to give you a trick, but here what I’m going to give you is great awareness.
An awareness (this is the first of 2 steps), that is going to have you look at your stage-fright, in a whole new light.
Here’s how to:
Close your eyes
Imagine you are stepping on stage
You feel nervous, fearful, anxious
There are thoughts coming up for you: I better not mess this up, I shouldn't be here, People are going to laugh at me
Now, as promised, here comes the awareness.
What must I believe to have these thoughts?
I better not mess this up >> Mistakes and Failures are bad
I shouldn’t be here >> I’m not good enough
People are going to laugh at me >> People aren’t interested in what I have to say
No tricks, no gimmicks. Get rid of these barriers (that’s step 2) and stage-fright will be a thing of the past
Until next time,