Eric Fraser D. Hyp, GQHP, GHR (Reg)

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Stage Fright & Public Speaking

Stage fright is the name given to a condition closely related to social phobia, in which people experience what seems like an extreme amount of nervousness before having to make a public appearance, such as on stage.

While stage fright is commonly thought of as affecting people like actors, actresses and musicians, stage fright can just as easily affect people like flight attendants, teachers, polititians, train drivers and pilots, in fact, anyone who has to make an announcement or a similar 'performance'.

Stage fright is closely linked to social anxiety

While stage fright is closely linked to social anxiety, it is also recognised as a 'performance anxiety', and indeed, someone who suffers from strong 'stage fright' symptoms might not exhibit any other symptoms of social phobia on a day-to-day basis, and it's only the 'performance' that brings on the symptoms.

In fact, anyone who has to do something like a best-man's speech at a wedding for example, might experience a form of stage fright more commonly known as the 'fear of public speaking'

Of course, for an actor, actress, musician or pilot, they are in the sorts of jobs that means that they have to face their fear on a daily basis, and this can become quite stressful for the sufferer.

For those who don't experience this quite often extremely distressing condition, it may be hard to understand the impact this can have on people's lives.

It manifests itself in many different ways, from a simple classroom recitation to that best-man's speech; from amateur dramatics to a work presentation. Even that fear of teeing off first in front of your peers at the local golf-club tournament can strike real terror into those who unable to cope with this condition. Often when performance anxiety becomes established, the sufferer will go to extreme lengths of behaviour in order to avoid being exposed to any situation that might involve 'standing up' in front of others. In some cases, this can lead to a genuinely phobic condition, and even to depression.

There are many people who can control their response enough to actually proceed with the task that is required of them, but are still under extreme duress and discomfort. They may experience a bout of anxiety so intense that are actually physically sick before the event. There are many famous actors and performers of stage and screen who have had to push themselves through this barrier daily in order to function in their chosen profession.

There tends to be four stages in the development of public speaking and stage fright anxiety. These are summarised here:

  • Anticipation: the nervous, negative, and largely unrealistic thoughts and mental images you experience in the minutes, hours, days and weeks (sometimes months!) before a scheduled performance.

  • Avoidance: when you avoid performance situations because of fear, you unfortunately strengthen and maintain the stage fright. It prevents you from having the helpful experience of coping with the anxiety, and leaves you instead with the impression that you're not coping.

  • Anxiety and Panic: the fearful symptoms you experience during your performance before an audience. These symptoms may include physical sensations such as laboured breathing, sweating, racing heart and dizziness, as well as numerous fearful thoughts and anxiety.

  • Appraisal: the period after a presentation, when you rate your standard of performance. This is when the negative thoughts (e.g. 'could have done so much better') can become established that lead to even less confidence about the next experience.

Help is at hand

Our approach to treatment for performance anxiety utilises visualisation and behavioural techniques enhanced through the power of hypnotic suggestion. This helps the client to accept and work with the fear, allowing them to give their main focus to the performance. Please contact us to learn more about this enjoyable and highly successful technique.