Overcoming Anxiety & Stage Fright

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you didn't have to deal with a sense of dread every time you were about to experience a high-pressure scenario, like delivering a speech or performing in front of an audience?
Or perhaps you're a professional athlete and you've been looking for ways to remain calm under pressure, so you no longer miss crucial shots because of the jitters (commonly called 'The Yips' amongst athletes)?
Anxiety of all forms (social anxiety, performance anxiety, generalized anxiety, etc) is a common enough human phenomenon that there's been significant research and thought-experiments into how it can be managed and overcome, and these articles are our contribution into figuring out the different ways that performance and anxiety and stage fright can be beaten. We want want to help you perform at your absolute best while under pressure. From job interviews, to live music performances or speeches on stage – we've got you covered!

Flying Anxiety Guide – How To Overcome A Fear of Flying

Flying Anxiety guide to help overcome a fear of flying

Just over 40% of the US population experience some degree of flying anxiety according to studies. If you regularly suffer from flying anxiety, then you’ve probably heard the stats about how safe flying really is, particularly compared to other modes of transportation, or about how rare accidents are in the aviation space. Unfortunately, we typically can’t overcome our fears and phobias with a few well-quoted statistics. In this article we look at what flying anxiety is, what the symptoms are, uncover why we suffer from a fear of flying in the first place and then look at several medications, techniques and books that should help you overcome your own fear of flying.

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How To Calm Nerves Before A Presentation

How to calm nerves before a presentation

Giving a presentation is a terrifying experience for many people. In fact, studies show that nearly 40% of Americans list a fear of public speaking and giving presentations in front of an audience as 1 of their top 5 fears. If you have a presentation coming up, you may be feeling the nerves and anxiety and it might be getting in the way of preparing properly. Here, we investigate why we experience anxiety before a presentation in the first place, and then provide several solutions to help you calm your nerves before giving a big presentation.

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14 Public Speaking Anxiety Tricks to Help Overcome Public Speaking Nerves

Public Speaking Anxiety Tricks

The clinical term for a ‘Fear of Public Speaking’ is Glossophobia, and it is the second biggest fear of adult Americans, according to recent surveys. This fear of public speaking isn’t a problem at all for some people, but for others it can be a crippling phobia that significantly impacts their life and ability to perform & speak in front of an audience. In this article we look at what causes public speaking anxiety in the first place, why it effects some and not others, and then we cover fourteen different tips & tricks that can help you overcome your public speaking nerves & anxiety, and maybe give the best presentation or public speech that you’ve ever given.

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How I Overcame A Fear of Public Speaking Despite Having Social Anxiety

How I overcame Speech Anxiety and my fear of public speaking

According to studies, over 40% of Americans say they have a fear of public speaking and the only fear more common was snakes! Fear of public speaking, or the medical term glossophobia, is extremely common in humans and has primal routes in our psychology. I recently had a battle with speech anxiety, and I wanted to understand it as best I could and, if possible, overcome it so I could be confident in social situations and during presentations despite my social anxiety. I share the journey in this article.

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Ultimate Guide to Fighting Performance Anxiety for Musicians, Actors, Athletes & Public Speakers

Ultimate guide to fighting performance anxiety for musicians, singers, actors, athletes & public speakers

Performance Anxiety is an extremely common issue for singers, musicians, actors, public speakers and even (especially?) athletes. In fact, for anyone who wants to perform at a high level, fighting performance anxiety so that you can remain calm & focused is the key to what you do. We looked at how high level performers in various fields fight performance anxiety successfully so that they can perform at their best consistently. You won’t want to miss this one…

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Fear Setting Before Performing to Conquer Fear & Stage Fright

Fear-setting stoic exercises to conquer fear & anxiety

Stoicism is an ancient philosophy designed to increase wisdom, happiness, virtue and resilience to the adversity that the world often throws at us. A stoic concept, made popular by author and entrepreneur/investor Tim Ferris, is ‘Fear Setting’. Fear-Setting is where, instead of setting goals, you visualize & clearly define the worst possible outcome of an event you’re considering in detail. In this article, we look at how fear-setting can be used to define, and then completely conquer, your biggest fears and anxieties.

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Overcome Golf Anxiety & Nervousness on the Golf Course

How to overcome golf anxiety

Golf, at higher levels, is a mentally taxing sport. You need to balance mental focus and calm with infinite physical variables that can all make or break your game. This makes anxiety and mental blocks important to manage while improving your golf game; managing anxiety and controlling your mental state and staying calm may be the only thing preventing you from reaching the next level in your game. In this article we look at what causes golf anxiety and several remedies you can use to help with your golf anxiety so that you can level-up your game.

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Glossophobia and Me: How I Overcame My Fear of Public Speaking

Glossophobia and fear of public speaking: how to beat it

In this article I share my personal story about overcoming my own fear of public speaking. I tried everything, from therapy (Cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT) to yoga to researching different, often extreme, techniques and practicing them in front of audiences like my local Toastmasters group. In doing so I also learned a lot about Glossophobia, which is ‘a fear of public speaking’, including learning what causes it, why it’s so common a fear amongst the general public and, most importantly, how to defeat glossophobia and overcome a fear of public speaking. Here, I share my own story as well as everything I learned. If you suffer from public speaking anxiety, you will not want to miss this!

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Overcome Test Anxiety With 5 Tips Backed by Research

Test Anxiety Tips for overcoming exam nerves & stress

If you’re facing anxiety and stress in the run up to an exam or test, you are not alone! Test anxiety is when you experience physical, emotional and/or mental symptoms in the lead up to an exam, and can have serious health implications, not to mention the likely effect on your academic abilities. In this article PerformZen looks at why we experience such extreme nerves and anxiety in the run up to exams & tests, and reveal 5 science-based techniques for getting past test anxiety and excelling in any exam.

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How to Get Rid of Stage Fright Using Science

How to beat stage fright and performance anxiety using science

Is it possible to defeat stage fright considering recent scientific discoveries? We believe so, and in this article we look at several ways individuals who need to perform, whether on stage or in a job interview, can overcome stage fright so that they can perform at their best despite all the pressure. We also look at several stage fright remedies available to you right now, from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to GABA & L-theanine supplements.

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How to Overcome Job Interview Anxiety & Get the Job You Want

How to defeat interview anxiety & get the job you've always dreamed of

Job hunting can be high-stakes. You want the job so that you can progress with your career and possibly improve your standing in life. All of the potential upside of finding a good job makes the stress, fear and anxiety that come with job interviews extremely potent. Here we answer the question ‘what is interview anxiety’ as well as showing several interview anxiety remedies that can be implemented quickly to give you the strongest chance of getting the job you want.

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