It’s the day of your big workplace presentation! The PowerPoint is perfect, included with speaker notes. You’ve rehearsed it a million times for your family, and they think you’ll deliver an excellent performance! Approaching the office creates feelings of butterflies in your stomach. You do your best to dismiss that feeling by telling yourself that this feeling is normal. Setting up for the presentation causes the butterflies to become hornets, as the nervous energy causes your stomach to hurt. Your coworkers, management, and more begin taking their seats in the room, making those hornets force their way out of your body, resulting in slight dizziness and lightheadedness. You are introduced under the thought that you are presenting some critical information. As every pair of eyes focuses upon you, you are frozen, colder than ice, unable to move and speak, entirely gripped by fear…
You may have identified with the above description of “Stage Fright,” a common occurrence for anyone who performs for a group of people. This phenomenon manifests in other ways, including stumbling over words, forgotten presentation elements, and stuttering are noticeable symptoms. Also, consider less noticed conditions like a rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, and other physical signs that add to the state of stage fright. These feelings are often experienced all at once, and many share that these are felt all at once. Moreover, it is commonly expressed that the audience is poised to laugh at any mistake and is engaged in negative thoughts, talk, or worse.
How can all of these be defeated? The answer is easy for most, as they quickly list actions like taking a deep breath and imagining their audience in an equally embarrassing state as the first actions to take. If you could remember to do these two simple actions any time you feel stage fright, the problem is resolved. Two questions remain: why does stage fright trouble so many people? How can we truly beat it?
There is one solution that resolves both questions, which is remembering to do them. Is it convenient if these actions are done automatically without thinking, like the act of walking? Another solution to consider is the feelings created by stage fright. Is it worthwhile to convert the nervous energy into positive energy? If you are interested in one, the other, or both, hypnosis is the path to get to them.
Surprising as it may seem, both described solutions for handling stage fright are found through hypnosis. Remember that hypnosis is used to change behavior based on your desires. Stage Fright is a culmination of several behaviors you can control once you learn how to. If you are having problems with stage fright or anything adjacent to it, hypnosis can help you! Contact us today and schedule a screening to learn more about the specifics of beating stage fright through hypnosis!