Overcome Stage Fright Course
Does the thought alone of stepping in front of a crowd make you want to flee the country? If it does, you probably want to continue reading. Or if:
- Your body is failing you when the moment has come to face an audience (panting, sweating, heart racing).
- No matter how long passes or how well you are prepared for the job, the fear and insecurity won't go away.
- You would give anything to not have to go out there and perform in front of people.
- At the same time, you would love to be able to deliver your message, or your art.
Why this stupid fear is harmful
The real problem is not the sweating and trembling. The real problem is the consequence of avoiding public performances. Because you frustrate your own career opportunities and the opportunity to contribute something to other people. You have something to share, don't let some primitive and mostly irrational fear* get the best of you.
*The phenomenon of stage fright is fairly common and understood today. Having difficulty to stand in front of people and present - whatever - is human and even evolutionary. Still it is irrational.
I suffered from stage fright - and got over it
I had all of the above symptoms - you can read about them here: This is how bad my stage fright was. My urge to escape and not accomplish on stage what I worked so hard for, for years, was severe.
One time I even turned to a friend and colleague backstage, and asked her to sing in my stead, 30 minutes before the show! Going home and into bed seemed like the best idea at that moment. Thank goodness I learned to get over that. Now I actually enjoy standing in front of small or big crowds.
Why do the course?
- Because it is very possible to overcome stage fright. You'll see it's a combination of changing (cognitive) habits and then just practice. Only practice is not enough: you need to change your ways of thought.
- Because without a crippling fear, being on stage is much more rewarding, both for you and the crowd. After all, you are there to convey a message - or art. It's about that stuff coming across, not about the perception of you in the eyes of others. Food for thought...
Even though my background is that of a singer, I don't only coach singers. In fact, most of the people who attend the workshop or this course are not singers. Some examples of their background:
- A lawyer who wanted to speak more freely at congresses
- An organiser of meetup events 🙂
- A young singer who finds it hard to perform
- An IT manager who wants to feel freer to speak in meetings with colleagues
- A gifted engineer who was too scared to present data to her boss - she prepared the presentation, but let a colleague do it.
Linor's stage fright workshop gave me new realizations and an awareness of how I am facing the audience. Furthermore, it provided me with handy techniques and insights. They opened a door in me to a new curiosity and the desire to venture further...
The next course will be held in autum of 2018. Questions? Mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or call me: 06 45 051 877
What's in the course?
- Learning more about the phenomenon of stage fright: examples of performers, myself included, who struggled and dealt with it. How did they get over it?
- Exploring and gradually changing your thoughts about what it means to perform: making the cognitive switch.
- Mini performances in front of your trusted group members: baby steps and then bigger steps.
- Practicing with questions from the audience about your topic of expertise: a crucial factor to strengthen your baseline confidence
- Voice technique, breathing and posture: how to feel secure that your voice won't fail you in times of heightened stress
- Making a work plan: how you proceed after the course.
- Material you can take home, including homework.
- Optional: a final performance for a bigger audience.
- In general: playtime, practice time, the freedom to fumble, tremble and stumble and laugh about it together.
When and where?
The course takes place in my beautiful home apartment in Amsterdam-Oost. The course is on four evenings in spring 2018.
All evenings start at 19.00 and last until about 21.30. I'll serve a light vegetarian meal on each occasion.
The group size will be between 4 and 8 persons. I have found that this number of people strikes the right balance between intimacy and creating a stage-like atmosphere, which are both necessary.
"I wanted to read a poem at a good friend’s wedding. This was a big deal for me, as I’ve struggled with stage fright for years. I decided to do Linor’s stage fright workshop and I’m so glad I did it. What struck me was that Linor comes from a place of understanding, I really felt that. What also struck me was the comradery of the group of such different people, it was great teamwork.
A few days before the wedding, I got a call from Linor with advice and encouragement, which really helped. At the wedding, my knees were shaking, but the audience might not even have noticed. In any case, what counts is that I did it. That I read the poem and contributed to my friend’s wedding, which I wanted so dearly.
For everyone in a similar position, I would highly recommend Linor's workshop or stage fright course. For me, it was an important step on the way of my ambition to assist others to help themselves - and then others.
Why invest € 220 (including btw) in this course?
Because not acting on your challenge will cost you infinitely more, both in terms of money and frustration. Don't obstruct your personal or career goals any longer. Make big steps towards public performances that are actually enjoyable.