How to Conquer Stage Fright in One Week
Confidence is one thing that one cannot do without in order to be successful in life; it is a sine qua non. Everyone wants to be self-confident. Everyone needs to be self-confident, including you. But how do you achieve self-confidence? How do you get rid of stage fright?
When we see beauty pageants, motivational speakers, and many other public speakers and figures, we admire them and wonder how they managed to be comfortably self-confident, if not overconfident. We ask, ‘how come they have such level of confidence?’
Confidence helps you to stand out and stand firm. It makes you bolder and respected in society. It even makes you popular. Yes! It helps one to overcome stage fright and its tendencies. Stage fright is one thing we all do not want. Everybody wants to speak fluently and confidently on the stage no matter the nature of the activity.
In the University, many students, even brighter ones, encounter the problems that come with stage fright. Most of them do not know what to do. In fact, most students do not even know how they can control this or rather get rid of it. Sadly, brighter students, who know what they are to present, shiver on the presentation ground because they lack the virtue of self-confident.
Some naturally have self-confidence. However, confidence can also be built, developed, enhanced and acquired. You can actually build your self-confidence and then become a better you. The questions are; ‘How do I become self-confident?’ ‘How do I overcome stage fright?’ ‘How do I talk in the public without fidgeting?’ ‘How do I defend my project at school without shaking on the stage?’ These and many related questions and issues will be solved and resolved as you continue to read this article.
Eight Ways to Achieve Self-Confidence in One Week
These are the eight practical and easier ways to be self-confident in one week. Yes! You can achieve Self-Confidence in One Week. You can conquer Stage Fright in just one week of practicing these ideas below.
- Be Yourself
The first way to achieve self-confidence is to BE YOURSELF. Love yourself and be kind to yourself. You do this first before people reciprocate. Now, when people love you for who you are, you become comfortable in your own skin.
Confidence comes from within and not without. It proceeds from the internal to external. There is a need for the inside to be built well in order to be radiated from the outside. People can actually smell and spot fakeness from afar no matter how you try to cover it. Not being real is not a lasting way to achieve self-confidence. It will only lead and then bow out. It is temporary. However, being real and true is permanent.
2. Watch and Read Motivational Talks and Show
The second is to occupy yourself with motivational talks and shows. Mind you, positives ones. Now, call this feeding the mind. Do you know that the mind has a way of influencing the body? Whatever you feed your mind each day with is what is acted by your body. A particular saying goes like this “you are what you read”. What you read and hear each day thus defines and influences you.
Motivational talks and books are full of motivation and inspiration. They build your confidence. They tell you actually things you can do and achieve. Grab and feed your mind each day with loads of them.
Years ago, in the early hours of my college year, I was both shy, coy, timid, scared and zero confident but when I grabbed and fed myself with Motivational books, talks and shows, I was transformed. There and then, I became even an orator.
You never can tell. Motivational speakers even give you stories of themselves and others of how they made it. So, embrace them and fill your mind with positivism.
3. Regularly Say ‘I am Powerful, I am Beautiful, I am Strong, I can do it’.
Now, these are three magical statements that have a way of working wonders in building your confidence. Say them constantly and regularly especially when you feel less confident. They just have a way of jerking you up to confidence. The breath positivism. Have you seen a movie titled “Girls Trip”? Recall, Ryan Pierre repeats those exact words whenever she feels down.
In order to conquer stage fright and achieve self-confidence, one needs to be optimistic always rather than pessimistic. Say, I can do it. Do not have any feelings of inabilities.
4. Surround Yourself with Positive Friends and Associations
Fiends and associations or companies have a way of influencing someone either positively or negatively. So, it is highly recommended that you surround yourself with positive friends, associations, groups, companies etc. in order to grow yourself positively.
Do not surround yourself with dullards and good for nothing. People who always say “I dare not try to do that” or “I bet I cannot do that”. Do not surround yourself with people who talk negatively.
Perhaps, you want to try a debating competition in your school and they say ‘Have you forgotten you have stage fright?’ Or ‘Surely, you will not win’. Distant or rather flee from such people. They will augment the problem. They will make you believe you cannot do it.
Instead, surround yourself with people who encourage and urge you to be the best of yourself, that is, people who continuously say “don’t give up”, “you can do it”.
5. Dress Well
Surely, the way you dress is the way you will be addressed – so says an old adage. And when you are addressed well your confidence increases. Dressing elegantly has an easy way of building your self-confidence.
You will feel special and on top of the world. Supposing you dress in such a nice party outfit for a party event, you perhaps start feeling you are Rihanna or Beyonce. Dressing improves your psychological fitness. And remember, self-confident and stage fright is mind related; they work with the mind, they are psychological in nature.
Now, do well to ensure that you wear the fitting cloths for befitting events. You don’t go wearing party cloth for an interview in a company. wear the appropriate clothes for the appropriate events else people may make jest and mockery of you.
Ensure also, for the ladies, that you wear the right makeups. Figure out what actually fits you and put it on.
6. Move Out
This is another very important element for confidence building. The trick is this, the more outings you go, the more experience you get. The more experience you get, the more you find out your strength and weaknesses, as well as your flaws, and then work on yourself.
The more you work on yourself, the more you improve and the more you improve, the better you become self-confident. Don’t freak out, just move out, get social, meet with and interact with people. The more love, admiration and praises you receive, the better you become.
7. Start Speaking in Public
You can hardly get rid of stage fright without talking in the public frequently. In fact, self-confidence requires a certain level of regular public speeches. Most people who suffer from lack of confidence to speak are always people who do not speak in the public. Most of them think they cannot talk in the public just because they are afraid of making a mistake or they are afraid of the fright that comes up on the stage.
However, if you speak in public regularly, even though you make mistakes at the earlier stages, you gradually become self-confident and shy away from the bondage of stage fright.
8. Always Put up a Smiling Face
You may wonder how ‘smiling’ can help you to achieve self-confidence. Oh Yes! Smiling does a very good and psychological job as always. What happens when you put on a smiling face? Simply, it shows that you are relaxed and you are friendly.
Have you asked why contestants in the beauty pageant smile all through? Do you know that ‘Smiling’ relieves the mind? Yes, smiling comes naturally, but sometimes, you need to make smiling your second nature especially when needed.
In fact, smiling grounds you in the public and it is an essential tool to get connected with the people. One of the things that causes stage fright and lack of confidence is Shyness. Another is timidity. But, when you smile to people, you practically show a very good impression that you are neither timid nor shy to be among them.
When this is done, you feel more relieved to stand and talk without shivering.
Some Make-up Ideas to Conquer Stage Fright
Always Prepare for the task ahead. For instance, if you are to do a presentation, give a speech, defend an academic work, or speak in the public (especially when you are not familiar with the audience), make sure that you are well prepared for the task. If possible, prepare in such a way that you do not need to hold any paper during the speech.
Be bold, be audible, and demonstrate during the speech.