If you want to reduce anxiety and fear on a stage, start focusing on others.
Yes, take yourself out of it.
Bofta, what do you mean?
When we focus on our self (ego), this reduces our ability to show up fully on a stage:
What will they think of me if I mess up?
What if they don’t clap or laugh when I make a joke?
What can I say to really “wow” them so they adore me?
When we focus on others, this gives us the best chance to show up fully:
What’s the most value that I can provide this audience so they walk away feeling empowered?
What message can I share that will deeply resonate with them so they take action or get an “aha” perspective that could be transformative in their life?
How can sharing my own experiences help them avoid some of the big roadblocks they may be facing?
Focusing on providing value > Focusing on ego
What else this means?
You won’t always get a standing ovation.
You won’t always hit the joke at the right time.
You won’t always deliver perfectly.
But your audience will feel that you showed up fully for them.
And isn’t that what matters?
Something to chew on this weekend….
Photo credit below: National Association of Black Journalists (hosted a confidence and public speaking workshop for their chapter in Baltimore a few months back, time flies!)