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 …

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 …

Stage Fright & 'American Idol' Sonika Vaid

Stage Fright & 'American Idol' Sonika Vaid

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One of the standout performers in the final season of “American Idol,” Sonika Vaid, is no stranger to stage fright. Now that she’s made it into the final stages of the competition, the Martha’s Vineyard native is starting to receive quite a bit of media attention. It includes a profile interview found on the NBC news website. In the piece, …