Proper breathing helps to overcome stage frights
What do all stage actors, presenters, singers, performers all have in common?
They warm their bodies up before their show. Why? Simply because warming up helps to calm down the body from anxiety and even stress.
Stress is a physiological response within us. When we feel threatened (or in this case, having stage frights) endorphins and adrenaline are injected into the bloodstream so that our senses are primed for action.
That’s why we feel the “butterflies in the stomach”. To manage this, it is either we fight it or live with.
The truth is, we can channel that “unseen energy” to our advantage. Warming up is the way to go.
There are many ways to warm your body up. You can try keep wiggling your fingers and toes. Stretch your arm, rotate your head, jumping up and down – anything that you are comfortable with.
Typically the warm-ups are broken into two different areas; physical and vocal. In this issue, we’ll cover vocal warm-up where you can use this warm up as you prepare for your presentation.
The basis of communication is breathing.
You would need to breathe properly to communicate. By breathing properly, it helps you to control your anxiety or nervousness. Proper breathing means speaking from the diaphragm. How to know if you are breathing correctly?
Place your hand on your stomach. Make sure you are breathing in from your nose and out from your mouth. As you breathe in, notice if your stomach gets bloated, and not your chest. If your chest is expanded, make adjustments to let the air go down to the stomach, where the diaphragm is.
The next step is to let the voice out as you breathe out.
This takes time, for sure. Correct breathing helps us to feel better and think better and most importantly, manage that stage fright.
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From the Editor
The Speaking Factory is founded by Hazriq Idrus, Asia's Trusted Workplace Creativity, Creative Leadership and Public Speaking Strategist, with a mission to help organisations enhance people potential and organisational performance. Hazriq is the author of The Stage Fright Antidote and co-authored eight other books.
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