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Performance Anxiety



Performance anxiety (stage fright) can happen when we are faced with performing in front of an audience, whether large or small—or even only a potential one, such as when we are being recorded by cameras or microphones. The idea of being witnessed—and judged—can trigger an intense mental and physiological response in even the most accomplished and practiced individuals. In fact, sometimes our past accomplishments make our performance anxiety worse, as we wonder and doubt if we’ll live up to expectations. This fear of public judgment is deep, primal, and universal, and there are many who have shared their experiences and strategies for facing it.

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Joe Kowan: How I Beat Stage Fright

Humanity’s fine-tuned sense of fear served us well as a young species, giving us laser focus to avoid being eaten by competing beasts. But it’s less wonderful when that same visceral, body-hijacking sense of fear kicks in in front of 20 folk-music fans at a Tuesday night open-mic.

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Performance Success: Performing Your Best Under Pressure

Performance Success teaches a set of skills so that a musician can be ready to go out and sing or play at his or her highest level, working with energies that might otherwise be wasted in unproductive ways. This is a book of skills and exercises, prepared by a master teacher.

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Sports Psychology for Performance Anxiety

If feelings of nervousness, anxiety or fear interfere with your sports performance, learning to use a few tips from sports psychology may help you get your anxiety under control and reduce game-day nerves.

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FindCenterBe not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.

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7 Steps to Overcome Stage Fright and Beat Performance Anxiety

From Vanessa Van Edwards, Lead Investigator at the Science of People: Do you shudder at the thought of having to perform in front of a group of people? Whether you are responsible for giving a report at a meeting, a toast at a wedding, or delivering a keynote talk to a large audience, putting...

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The Bright Way: Five Steps to Freeing the Creative Within

Written for all creatives from young adults to seniors, The Bright Way’s empowering and reliable system works for a lifetime to help you: • move through creative blocks so that your creativity consistently flows • transform performance fear into joyful sharing of your work • finally let go...

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4 Ways to Overcome Sports Performance Anxiety

It’s important to get performance anxiety under control so athletes can perform with less stress and ultimately, to their best ability. This article will outline how to get over performance anxiety.

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FindCenterWisely and slow; they stumble that run fast.

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Fight Your Fear and Win: Seven Skills for Performing Your Best Under Pressure—at Work, in Sports, on Stage

We’ve all been there: that make-it-or-break-it moment of our careers—on the brink of a deal, poised at the starting gate, under the spotlight.

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The 2-Shift Technique for Reducing Entrepreneurial Anxiety

While a healthy dose of nerves can be a good thing, especially for in-the-moment performance, too much of it can be bad for our brain and body, as well as for the relationships in our business and personal lives.

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