Stage Fight or Stage Excitement?

November 15, 2010 at 5:38 pm 2 comments

Public speaking is perceived harder than what is expected. For most people they already possess the ability from everyday casual conversation unconsciously thought. However, there is still a difference between a friendly one to one interaction than speaking before a group. Public speaking is structured with demands that require detailed planning. It requires formal language along with the method of delivery. This much work can cause a side effect to occur, and that side effect is anxiety related stage fight.

Stage fright is the fear of the unknown, and can be crippling when you are giving a speech. One piece of advice to use when this happens is to set your mind on doing your best. Shawna Johnson stated in The Art of Public Speaking , ” I was so nerves I couldn’t get anything right in the warm ups. But I wanted to do my best and end on a good note.” This statement can have the opposite effect. I.AR. “When , for some reason I am cool and self-assured, the speech is always a failure.”

On a good note , it is perfectly normal for the body to respond to stress by releasing adrenaline. This adrenaline can be used to the advantage , so you should think of it as stage excitement or enthusiasm. Otherwise , take a class , pick a topic that you care about, be thorough when you prepare and always try to practice with your friends.



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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. kself89  |  November 18, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    I usually never get nervous talking in front of people. There was one speech I did in class that made me nerveous and I think it was the informative speech. I talked myself into having stage fright. I tried to talk myself out of it and it didnt work! I could tell and so could the audience. I think the reason I was so nerveous is because I was not 100% about my topic.

  • 2. pammy53  |  November 20, 2010 at 12:34 am

    We all have bad days, where we just are not with it. But, I think stage fright in this class, has happened to a few of us. Along with the nerves being edgy, we all have done a excellent job.


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