Stage Fright Symptoms and Solutions

By Dyanne Lynne

 

 

Symptoms

Solutions

trembling hands and

Use small note cards. Place them on the lectern

a rattling manuscript

and slide each card to one side after it has been used.

stumbling over words -

Deliberately slow down your speaking rate until

getting "tongue twisted"

the problem disappears.

the feeling that you

Speak slowly. Take longer pauses between

cannot get enough breath pounding heart

sentences. Breathe from your diaphragm and through your nose your nose.

unwillingness to look

at the audience

In the beginning, do not look directly at individuals. Instead, look just above their heads or slightly to one side of their faces. Later, pick the friendliest face in the audience and look first at that person.

excessive perspiration

Ignore it. Do not call attention to it by wiping your hands or forehead.

cold hands and feet

Do not call attention to it by wiping your hands or forehead. Make some platform movement and gestures.

hoarse or squeaky voice

Before a speech, tape record your rehearsal sessions and concentrate on eliminating vocal problems. If occurs during a speech, ignore it.

dry mouth

Speak slowly to avoid getting tongue tied. Do not lick your lips in front of the audience.

tense muscles

Use platform movements and gestures.

cramps, butterflies, heartburn

Remember that the audience is ordinarily not aware of such symptoms. Ignore them as much as possible.

wanting to return to your seat

Resist this feeling at all costs. The best way to control fright is by having experience in public speaking.

feeling inferior

Try dressing for the speech in the outfit that makes you look your best or one that you feel most comfortable in. Naturally, it must be appropriate to the audience and occasion.