🤨 Racing pulse
😰 Rapid breath
😧 Trembling voice
😖 Sweaty hands
😫 Vision changes
STAGE FRIGHT SUCKS! And it can be a reason to throw your dreams of singing on a stage or in front of others, out of the window.
But don’t do it! Please realize that if you use the right approach and if you give yourself some time: stage fright is something you can outgrow.
To me: The stage became a place where I felt comfortable and happy.
I trusted myself and my voice. But that wasn’t my starting point. At all!
When I started out, stage fright was eating me alive.
My first experiences in front of an audience were an absolute disaster. I felt sick.
My voice was shaking and I forgot everything I memorized and rehearsed.
The reason I found my way had nothing to do with luck.
Thanks to an endless amount of trial and error, I learned to perform with ease and confidence. In this blog, I share with you 5 tips that helped me BIG TIME.
Tip #1 – Practice makes perfect!
If singing in front of others scares the living crap outta you, choose to do it anyway! You can’t master something by being on the sidelines.
As scary as it may seem, you have to dive in.
You’ll only get more confident by experience.
But… make sure you practice in front of people you trust. People that want you to thrive! That can be at a nice and small open mic venue, or in your own living room singing in front of some friends or your partner. People you feel comfortable with.
Tip #2 – Don’t block your nervous energy
As soon as you start to push away your nerves, they’ll only get stronger.
Allow and re-direct them by choosing positive words to describe your state.
Tell yourself you’re excited, not that you’re nervous.
By choosing the word excited, it’ll be easier to ride the wave of the intense physical reactions you’re having and it set’s you up to experience something positive.
Tip #3 – Calm your breathe
Become aware of your breathing. Is it becoming short and shallow?
Calm yourself by taking deliberate deep breaths:
in through your nose and out through your mouth.
Tip #4 – Activate your senses
If you’re taken over by stage fright, it feels like your mind is isolated from the rest of your body. Your hands become numb and you no longer feel your feet.
You’ll help yourself a great deal if you reactivate the connection between your body and mind. In order to do so, you can deliberately focus on your sensory awareness.
Focus your attention on different parts of your body.
For example: on your feet and how they touch the ground. Move and squeeze your hands. Feel the skin on your arms and help yourself get back in touch with your body.
Tip #5 – Take a focal point
As soon as you start to experience stage fright you’ll notice that your thoughts go all over the place. So, when you start singing: choose a point on the wall to focus on.
This will help you channel your thoughts and attention.
So next time…
To wrap it up: Believe me if I tell you, you CAN outgrow stage fright.
So next time you sing in front of others. Use these 5 tips.
And you’ll see, one day you’ll be singing in front of an audience with confidence and ease 🚀