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Stage fear

  1. Topic:- STAGE FEAR Presented by :- Harshit Nadda CSE 1st Year 13529
  2. “The human brain is a wonderful thing. It starts working the moment you are born and never stops until you stand up to speak in public.” George Jessel
  3. WHAT IS STAGE FEAR? Stage fright is the anxiety, fear, or persistent phobia which may be aroused in an individual by the requirement to perform in front of an audience, whether actually or potentially.
  5. Why do we get stage fright? • The body is flooded with energy (adrenaline) because we sense an emergency situation. • We don’t like to be judged. • We don’t think our ideas are worth listening to, we don’t think we can express our ideas well, or we fear the audience won’t like us while we are speaking. • We don’t feel prepared. • Negative past experiences
  6. Symptoms Stage Fright • Redness to face or neck • Rapid heart rate up to 2 times normal rate • Dry or Wet Mouth • Headache • Upset stomach • Cold hands/feet • Wobbly legs
  7. Symptoms Stage Fright Cntd.. • Hot face • Sweaty palms • Squeaky voice • Dizziness • Shortness of breath • Urge to use the restroom
  9. Building Confidence Content Organization Notes Friendliness Impression Dedication Empathy Newness Conviction Enthusiasm
  10. • Know the room - become familiar with the place in which you will speak. Arrive early and walk around the room including the speaking area. Stand at the lectern, speak into the microphone. Walk around where the audience will be seated. Walk from where you will be seated to the place where you will be speaking. • Know the Audience - If possible, greet some of the audience as they arrive and chat with them. It is easier to speak to a group of friends than to a group of strangers.
  11. • Know Your Material - If you are not familiar with your material or are uncomfortable with it, your nervousness will increase. Practice your speech or presentation and revise it until you can present it with ease. • Learn How to Relax - You can ease tension by doing exercises. Sit comfortable with your back straight. Breathe in slowly, hold your breath for 4 to 5 seconds, then slowly exhale. To relax your facial muscles, open your mouth and eyes wide, then close them tightly.
  12. • Visualize Yourself Speaking - Imagine yourself walking confidently to the lectern as the audience applauds. Imagine yourself speaking, your voice loud, clear and assured. When you visualize yourself as successful, you will be successful. • Realize People Want You To Succeed - All audiences want speakers to be interesting, stimulating, informative and entertaining. They want you to succeed - not fail. If the fear of public speaking causes you to prepare more, then the fear of speaking serves as it's own best antidote.
  13. • Don't apologize For Being Nervous - Most of the time your nervousness does not show at all. If you don't say anything about it, nobody will notice. If you mention your nervousness or apologize for any problems you think you have with your speech, you'll only be calling attention to it. Had you remained silent, your listeners may not have noticed at all. Gain Experience - Experience builds confidence, which is the key to effective speaking. Most beginning speakers find their anxieties decrease after each speech they give.
  14. • Concentrate on Your Message - not the medium - Your nervous feelings will dissipate if you focus your attention away from your anxieties and concentrate on your message and your audience, not yourself. Turn Nervousness into Positive Energy - the same nervous energy that causes stage fright can be an asset to you. Harness it, and transform it into vitality and enthusiasm.
  15. Things you shouldn’t do • Read directly from notes, except glancing at • Reading directly from screen, except the points • Turn back on audience • Slouch, hands in pocket • No um, ah, you know
  16. • No nervous gestures • Give any bad comments about your audience / insult them • Talk too fast • Talk too quietly
  17. Things you should do • Eye contact : starring at people, there’ll be a relation/connection of feeling that will arise. • Can glance at notes • Appropriate gestures • Speak about what you are passionate about • Mind your language, tone and body language.
  18. • A prompt is always good • Jokes are good – but don’t become a joke. • Rhetorical questions to involve audience • Use a strong opening and a strong closing.
  19. – Strong opening : • A story • A quote • A question • An interesting statistic – Strong Closing  depends on your purpose of speaking : • Tell your audience to do what you want them to do clearly • Make an appealing expression • Say impressive and motivational words
  20. “Great speakers aren’t born, they are trained”