Does Stage Fright Keep You Down?
You practice, you rehearse, you study more than you ever might need to. You execute it perfectly. You know it forward and backward. And then the big moment comes, and you freeze.
Your heart pounds; your mind goes blank; Your knees, voice, and hands tremble; your chest tightens; your stomach turns; your face reddens. And you just can’t do it.
No matter how hard you try, you can’t seem to pull it together and perform.
The very thought of getting up in front of people causes you panic. Forget raising your hand in a meeting or being asked to lead a presentation. You try everything you can to get out of it, even when you know you’re talented, even when it’s the very thing you really want to do.
Performance anxiety can strike you any time you’re the center of attention, such as public performing or speaking. It doesn’t matter how much you know, how hard you’ve worked, or how much you’ve rehearsed; performance anxiety can stop you dead in your tracks.
Performance Anxiety is Common
It is actually more common than you might think. Performance Anxiety is one of most frequently reported symptoms. According to a Gallup poll, 40% of adults in the US suffer from some degree of stage fright.
Performance Anxiety is a heightened mental and physical response to a situation in which you are center stage. Being in the spotlight is very challenging and Performance Anxiety can keep you from doing what you enjoy and even impact your career.
Worst of all, it negatively affects your self-esteem and your self-confidence. Because you weren’t able to perform your best, your inner critic can become more vocal about what you did wrong and why you won’t be successful next time. This can lead to greater feelings of inadequacy.
Counseling and Coaching for Performance Anxiety Can Put You Back Out Front!
Many people who struggle with Performance Anxiety don’t actually have other types of anxiety. But the fear of getting up in front of other people and being evaluated is just too overwhelming.
Taking control of your Performance Anxiety is completely possible. You are definitely more capable of breaking free from performance anxiety than your inner critic would like you to believe.
I provide Performance Coaching and Counseling to help you acquire the skills to perform at a peak level.
When providing counseling for Performance Anxiety, I use Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to help clients reduce or eliminate the anticipatory anxiety that accompanies many different kinds of performance: presentations, speeches, job interviews, performance art, theatre, singing, athletic tournaments, or any other high-pressure situation. EMDR helps clients overcome the physical and emotional sensations of overwhelm and self-doubt that leads to performance anxiety. With EMDR, you can actually control the way in which you respond to performance situations.
Coaching for Peak Performance includes mindset shifts, goal-setting, mindfulness and relaxation techniques, visualization and imagined rehearsal.
For almost 20 years I’ve helped people find effective ways to calm anxiety and live confidently. You can take control and perform well.
Questions about Performance Anxiety Coaching and Counseling
Shouldn’t I just push myself through?
You can certainly continue to push yourself, but my guess is, you’ve been doing it this way for a long time and the results haven’t been great. Performance anxiety can be very debilitating and feel absolutely self-defeating. Counseling and coaching can help you incorporate the mindset strategies, the mindfulness and relaxation techniques, and the insight to take overcome stage fright and perform at your highest level.
Doesn’t Stage Fright mean I just didn’t prepare well enough to be successful?
No, not at all. Many people who experience stage fright actually prepare in excess. Their own worries of failure, not being good enough, or forgetting their lines or lyrics can keep them up all night rehearsing over and over. So, preparation is never the issue. The stress and fear of being on stage is real. And there are real techniques and strategies to reduce the flood of overwhelm that happens when in front of people.