Michael Bay & the Terrible, Horrible Very Bad Speech Fright Day

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Speech fright can be painful to watch, and this video certainly proves it. However, it seems to be painful in an entertaining sort of way. How else do you explain the more than one million and counting views the YouTube video of the incident has attracted? It was apparently meant to be a well-scripted moment staged for the press at the 2014 …

Adele’s Fear of the Stage

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No popular artist is bigger these days than the British singer-songwriter Adele, and few have been as open about their stage fright. Rolling Stone In a 2011 interview with Rolling Stone, Adele disclosed about her performance anxiety: I’m scared of audiences. I get shitty scared. One show in Amsterdam, I was so nervous I escaped out the fire exit. I’ve …

Stage Fright: Is a Little a Good Thing?

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One of the most common things you hear people say about stage fright is that being a little nervous is actually good for you. Really? Well that’s what a lot of folks say at any rate. In fact, country artist Faith Hill once said, “A little bit of stage fright, then I’m ready.” The explanation for why a little stage …

What You Absolutely, Positively Need to Know About Stage Fright

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Do you sometimes think you’re alone in getting stage fright? It can certainly feel that way since so many performers suffer in silence. But, trust me, you’re far from alone. Studies show that something like 75% of performers—from musicians and actors to dancers, comedians, and more—suffer from this menace. Even 70% of professional orchestra musicians experience such intense fright that …

Lorde Cowers at Coachella

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Lorde, the uber talented young musician from New Zealand, always seems to be refreshingly candid about herself. That was certainly the case during an interview that appears in Time. Confessing to deep stage fright surrounding her recent performance at the Coachella music festival, Lorde said: “Ten minutes beforehand I was like, ‘I can’t do it. Give them back their money. …

Australian swimmers hit with stage fright at Olympics

Anxiety Robs Australian Swimmers at Olympics

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The Olympic Games in Rio should have provided Australian swimmers with lots of opportunities for glory. Going into the Games, there was even talk of them winning up to ten gold medals. The actual take turned out to be just a fraction of that. Backstroke king Mitch Larkin took home one silver medal rather than two gold, freestyle star Cate …

Tell it to the Dogs

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Bonnie Auslander, the director of the Kogod Center for Business Communications, shares her technique of having speakers practice in front of dogs to help them cope with their performance anxiety in an article for the New York Times. It’s an entertaining idea but does it offer any real value? Three Conditions Behind Speech Fright As I explain in Understanding Stage …

Speech Fright: Reporter Reinforces Common Misconception

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Donna Vickroy writes about her battle with speech fright in a recent online article for the Chicago Tribune. The piece underscores just how intrusive performance anxiety can be when Vickroy is confronted with giving a eulogy at her aunt’s funeral. It also reinforces a common misconception about nervousness being the source of excitement. Back in the B.C. days The most …

The Yips & Ernie Els

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The yips finds Ernie Els. Millions have watched The epic meltdown in the day since it has happened. Four-time major champion Ernies Els wound up six putting from under three feet for a nine on the opening par four at the Masters. How could this possibly happen to such a successful veteran golfer? In an interview after his round for …

Stage Fright & Speech Fright: Infographic of Surprising Facts

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When it comes to speech fright and stage fright, there’s likely quite a bit you don’t know. I certainly didn’t until I started studying it extensively to create Goodbye Butterflies. Learning more about the anxiety of speaking, performing, and competing in public can serve as an important first step in finding your way beyond this needless menace. To that end, I’ve …