Like with all stage performers, at times, we need some nervous energy. Without the nerves and the adrenalin-boost this nervous anxiety gives us, our talks are often flat and lacking everything that makes us human. And a performance without humanity communicates very little. But at the same time, as a music teacher once told me, we think a performance is all about us, hence the nerves, but it’s not about us at all – it’s only about the music. Performers are meant to be (just) a conduit between the composer and the music. And once this is understood, there should be no reason for nerves.
And it’s the same with public speaking; it’s less about us and more about the content, even though we wouldn’t mind a little bit of humanity in a talk or speech!
Most speakers, like most musicians, singers or actors, suffer from pre-performance nerves or stage-fright. Anxiety after all, is the brains way of getting us (when we find ourselves in a stressful situation) to do something, anything – just not nothing! At the same time, this nervousness is generated from the part of the brain that acts as our Health & Safety Officer telling us that this is not a good situation, we’re putting ourself in a vulnerable position and we’ll be exposed and defenseless; especially if it all goes wrong! It’s dangerous, so just don’t do it.
But having practiced the talk or presentation for the very reason of performing it to an audience or clients, it’s important to be able to combat these conflicting forces and just speak.
Using hypnotherapy, I can help you to learn how to gain control over any on-stage self-sabotaging thoughts, build confidence and so be able to present yourself appropriately; learn how to concentrate, quieten the mind and gain better control of it, learn how to adapt to any distractions, and stay in the moment. Hypnotherpy can also help you become more resilient so that you’re better able to recover quickly from what didn’t go so well, put it all in perspective and move on.
If you’re interested in exploring this area more, I’d be delighted to help.
*Results may vary from person to person.