Coping with Presentation Anxiety & "Stage Fright"

Presentation Zen

Earlier this month, Hollywood director Michael Bay walked on stage at CES in Las Vegas to say a few words about his work and to praise the new 105-inch curved TV by Samsung. My talk was completely derailed and I became so nervous that I seriously considered just walking off stage.

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The first five stages of speaker development

Speaking about Presenting

I don’t remember where I heard this story – it might not even be true – but I love the message: A young scientist was in charge of looking after a famous expert coming to speak at a conference. There are stages of development that most of us seem to go through. Stage 2: I can talk.

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The first five stages of speaker development

Speaking about Presenting

I don’t remember where I heard this story – it might not even be true – but I love the message: A young scientist was in charge of looking after a famous expert coming to speak at a conference. There are stages of development that most of us seem to go through. Stage 2: I can talk.

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What It Really Means to Share the Stage

DeFinis Communications

If you want to see a good example of partnership, collaboration, and sharing the stage, then take notice of the current interactions between President Barack Obama and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

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Storytelling and Empathy take Center Stage at the Watermark Conference for Women

Duarte Blog

Actress Viola Davis blew the room away in her main stage keynote on the topic of “owning your story.” Davis’s big idea was that owning your story, even if, or perhaps especially if, your story is hard to own, leads to achievement, confidence, and happiness.

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Communication Strategies: Listening Stages

The Communication Blog

Listening is actually a complex of processes and skills and so it’s convenient to divide the listening process into stages or steps. This is a five-stage model and seems to get at most, if not all, of the essential listening processes and, more important, enables us to identify the relevant skills at each stage. Here five stages are identified: Receiving, understanding, remembering, evaluating, and responding. Listening at the Receiving Stage.

3 Keys to a Powerful Opening — Even If You “Put Audiences to Sleep”

Succeed Speaking

It was funny — and safe (your opener is no time for risky jokes) — and it played right into what the audience is likely thinking when a physician/academic takes the stage: “Oh, this guy’s gonna be boring.&#

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Toastmasters Friday: The Big Stage

Speak and Deliver

He still has to get past the Bulls, and likely the Dallas Mavericks, on the NBA's Big Stage - The Finals - in order to fulfill his youthful ordainment as King James, but many say this is the year. Is it finally LeBron's time?

Returning to the stage, part 2: Speaking to dudes about love

The Eloquent Woman

There are some women who have been horribly harassed, far far worse than I was, and yet they come back, sometimes they even give talks about it as with Caroline Criado-Perez or Anita Sarkeesian. Well they needed to get on stage and speak again, it was their job, a bigger part of their life.

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“You’ve got to get naked on stage”

Manner of Speaking

It also offers an incredibly important lesson that is as relevant for public speakers as it is for musicians: Your most powerful moments on stage will come when you are willing to be vulnerable. They could be subtle or grand, but my recollection of those evenings are split in to specific moments. ——— We watch people on a stage. When you allow yourselves to be vulnerable on stage, magic moments can occur.

Instant Stage Presence – Pause and Connect

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

Have you ever seen a speaker who just seems to own the stage? A few years ago I had the opportunity to interview a very talented and diverse group of speakers all of who had plenty of stage presence. After analysing the transcripts of my interviews it became clear that they did something similar when they appeared on stage. They have a presence that demands attention and oozes charisma, confidence and credibility. Want to know how that could be you? The read on.

Are You Flat Lining on Stage? Express Yourself!

Speak and Deliver

Second, it feels silly to emote on stage. Most of you naturally tell stories to one or two people with more expression and vigor than ever makes it onto the stage. It is the stage, though, where you need it the most, where you must amplify it and demonstrate it to reach the audience.

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Are you on stage for you or for them?

Speak Schmeak

On one of the current performance competition shows (I don't even know what it's called.), judge Sharon Osbourne asked a group of contestants: "What do you want to get from this show?" The young leader of the group answered, "To perform in places like this.

Get out of the cage and own the stage!

Speak Schmeak

Half of the speakers seemed to have better projection, better stage presence and an overall more engaging presentation, while the other half of the presentations seemed less effective. You can learn how to own the room and fill the stage. Get out of the cage and own the stage!

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Arrogance vs. Confidence - What Are You Showing From the Stage?

Speak and Deliver

There is often a fine line between arrogance and confidence, a line that can be easily crossed without intent, and even without knowledge. 36 Ways to Be Arrogant on Stage 1. Physically pacing the stage without purpose - LaMont D.

Do you tic when you talk?

Kate's Voice

When I was in high school, I had a French teacher who grunted between every few words; little pig-like grunts would come from her mouth even when she was not speaking. Stage Fright perception practicing vocal power vocal tic

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4 Incredibly Simple Stage Presence Exercises

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

Have you ever seen a speaker who just seems to command the stage? Their very being demands attention, and oozes charisma, confidence and credibility. A few years ago I interviewed a selection of very talented and diverse speakers chosen because of their ability to demonstrate stage presence. I was curious to discover if they used any specific stage presence exercises to help them create this magnetic effect that instantly grabbed their audience’s attention.

How Jason Alexander overcame his stage fright

Speaking about Presenting

This is a quote from Jason Alexander, most well-known for his role as George Costanza in Seinfeld, from a book called Stage Fright: 40 Stars Tell You How They Beat America’s #1 Fear. I realized that I was one small element on the stage, working with my colleagues to tell our audience a story.

The Comeback: Can Publishing a Book (like Ellen Pao) Jump-Start the Process, Even in Digital Times

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The stage setting was Silicon Valley. Ellen Pao had lost the high-profile gender discrimination lawsuit against her former employer venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins.   The trial-"Pao v.Kleiner"-was high profile. Lousy place to crash. 

Bullet Points Are Not Enough

Speak and Deliver

The Art of Conversation from stage. Same thing goes on stage. But they also desperately want you to understand them, to relate to them, even, in some cases, to approve of them, before they are willing to let you actually change them. No, bullet points are not enough.

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Want to Speak like Steve Jobs?

Speaking Freely

Before even finishing a [.]. Authenticity Persuasion Presence public speaking stage presence Uncategorized grounding leadership Leadership presence Presentation style Public Speaking Course Steve Jobs storytellingI had never seen Steve Jobs talk before; but after he died, I heard lots of people rave about the way he spoke in public. It seemed like many people thought he was the epitome of a great speaker. Then I began reading his biography Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.

Need a Remote for Your Next PowerPoint Presentation? There’s an App for That

DeFinis Communications

You can navigate through your slides with finger swipes and taps, track your presentation time with an onboard clock, and even set a presentation alarm so that your Smart Phone will alert you with a silent buzz before your time runs out. .

4 Traits that Distinguish Confident Speakers from Nervous Nellies

DeFinis Communications

But when you act like a confident speaker and do the things they do (even though you may still be nervous), the audience feels more comfortable and responds accordingly. Physical Presence Presentation Skills Stage Presence

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4 Traits that Distinguish Confident Speakers from Nervous Nellies

DeFinis Communications

But when you act like a confident speaker and do the things they do (even though you may still be nervous), the audience feels more comfortable and responds accordingly. Physical Presence Presentation Skills Stage Presence Confident Speakers Ease Nerves When Speaking

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How to Create “Enchanting” Relationships

DeFinis Communications

Even the most hard-core pencil-pushing bean-counter will have to say, ‘Yeah, I wish we were Apple or Virgin America or Zappo’s! The word “enchant” means to cast a spell on or bewitch; to delight or captivate utterly; to fascinate; charm.

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Being There, Before You’re There

Manner of Speaking

Not even the travel chaos caused by the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland could stop them from hosting a terrific event. But in today’s world of long-distance travel, we often do not get to visit the venue until the day (or even a few hours) before.

Stillness: A Speaker's Place of Power

Speak and Deliver

Where I saw some irony was in his movements on stage when he wasn't gesturing. Not to his words as much as to his movements, especially since the stage and audience were only separated by a few feet. Second, since he was always moving, it took some power away from his gestures, whereas if he had stayed more centered on stage, the kick's would have kept their, well, kick! That means controlling emotions, breathing, and placement on the stage, when it comes to speaking.

How to Speak & Offend: Part I

Speak and Deliver

I went into my 12 day trip up there with the clear intention of not even mentioning it unless it was mentioned to me. X'' from your own experience, or even making up a character to embody the negative behavior can also be effective. In the meantime, what offends YOU from the stage?

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Crisis Management: The Anthony Weiner Way

DeFinis Communications

And even though spiders can digest their own webbing, it looks like his is caught in his throat. Anthony Weiner (D-New York) got caught in his own web of lies…or perhaps he lied himself into a corner.

Evening News as Theatre - ABC Puts on Best Show

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Tonight, the staging of ABC News with David Muir outdid itself. Usually, the theatrics, pulled together by Muir's dramatic presentation of news segments, are addictive. No surprise ABC News is #1 in that category.

Oprah’s Farewell: The Final Ovation for One of the World’s Most Influential Public Speakers

DeFinis Communications

Even when Oprah was covering a negative topic (failed relationships, child abuse story, unusual homicide case, etc.), Wednesday for Women Celebrates Oprah! Oprah’s legend is…well…legendary. For 25 years, she has been the foundation of daytime TV for millions of people all over the world.

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Wednesday for Women: Public Speaking Lessons from Meryl Streep

DeFinis Communications

I’m a big fan of Meryl Streep and an even bigger supporter of our Secretary of State. The combination of these two women on stage gave us a powerful example of how different styles and backgrounds can yield equally successful presentations.

Effective Emcee-ing! « The Shy Speaker's Guide to Success on Stage

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

NTU PPT TRAINING FILES The Shy Speaker's Guide to Success on Stage Tips & Strategies to Help You Speak Effectively to Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime Stay updated via RSS Get Gary Now!: Fear Busters - 10 Tips to Overcome Stage Fright! B e Professional – Do not eat, drink, or smoke on stage. Im one of those people who have stage fright but im force to emcee as it is part of my job. Should I make jokes and talk to another MC while we’re on stage?

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Best Public Speaking Gestures

The Speaker Point

These folks are using the best gestures without even knowing it. This is a great way to get your foot in the door and gain confidence at early stages.

Fear Busters – 10 Tips to Overcome Stage Fright! « The Shy.

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

NTU PPT TRAINING FILES The Shy Speaker's Guide to Success on Stage Tips & Strategies to Help You Speak Effectively to Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime Stay updated via RSS Get Gary Now!: Fear Busters - 10 Tips to Overcome Stage Fright! Tired of standing on stage, gripped by fear and paralysed by nervousness? The following are 10 tips to help you overcome stage fright. Get out on the stage and seek to have fun! Stage fright?)

Your Speaking Secret Weapon: Pure Energy

Speak and Deliver

In fact, it seems seminars from many of the gurus out there get there audiences into an energetic, even frenzied state with music, videos, even live acts before they come out to give their presentation.

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Speaking of Emotions: Keeping it Together

Speak and Deliver

They may even talk about their divorce - which, I suppose, could go either way. Common wisdom is not to talk about anything too emotional before you've dealt with it, because being emotional on stage can cost you credibility with an audience.

Speaking of Manipulation by Speakers

Speak and Deliver

Funny thing - we often carry those feelings, and those tactics, into adulthood - and if we''re speakers, onto the stage. When was the last time you watched a speaker actually cry on stage, and felt that pit in your stomach as you debated whether it was real or not? "Listen to me!

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Speaking of Focus

Speak and Deliver

My seven year old son will say this on command, thanks to his karate training, and even better, will actually focus. I'm not the most balanced person in the world (yeah, I know what you're thinking - mentally OR physically, Rich), and occasionally find myself having to steady myself on stage.

Tips from the Acting Stage, Episode #4

Professionally Speaking...

I have written before (see links below) about the many lessons a business presenter can learn from a stage actor -- techniques like blocking, care of voice, how to evoke emotions, rigorous rehearsal and the value of a story line.