Stage Fright Can Easily Be Explained

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 February 2017 03:28 Written by Pam Chambers Sunday, 12 February 2017 03:28

Stage fright can easily be explained.

When you are seated at a conference table among your peers, you are equal to them, and part of them. From that physical position, it’s fairly easy to throw out a question, offer an opinion, or make a suggestion. But if you are required to “stand and deliver,” the equation changes. They are seated. You are standing. Thus, more is expected of you than when you were one of them. All eyes are on you and they may be watching in addition to listening. And, yes — sorry for the bad news — they are judging and evaluating.

A predatory lion, when stalking a herd of zebras, will asses which zebra it can most easily isolate. That isolated zebra is now as good as gone. When you stand to speak in the boardroom, Mother Nature may sense your fear and send adrenaline into your bloodstream so that you can fight or flee. But you will do neither. You’re too civilized to get into a brawl or run out of the room screaming.

Now, in addition to having judging eyes on you and being isolated from your peers, you also have to deal with the effects of having too much energy (adrenaline) in your body. This can cause head-to-toe trembling, a shaky voice, dried-up contact lenses, a blank mind, and utterances you can’t trust (or remember, once you sit down).

What’s the solution to stage fright? Speak often. Speak about what you know and love. Learn tips and tools for “what to do if . . .”

There’s an app for that. It’s called Pam Chambers. I can help. You can get my digital book, Life is a Presentation, for free by going to www.pamchambers.com. If you live in Hawaii, you can take my class or have one-on-one coaching. Even if you are far, far away, we can work together via video and You-Tube.

I am living proof that stage fright can be conquered.



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