Help Your Child to Overcome Stage Fear

Your child is a next performer, waiting backstage and undergoing familiar symptoms- queasy stomach, moist palms, faster and harder running heart beat, shallow breathing and weak knees. He feels disgusted as everything seems going beyond his control. Is it possible for him to overcome this stage phobia? Can’t this adrenaline rush be used in a positive way to enhance the performance? Of course, he can. Your child needs just some understanding and techniques to win his stage fright.


By following relaxation practices and diligent preparation your child can alleviate worries, nervousness regarding poor performance and embarrassment. Ask him to follow these strategies-

1. Visualization Techniques

  • Imagine you’re chatting with bunch of your buddies.
  • Concentrate on seeing yourself as an excellent performer.
  •  Cherish happy moments of your life.
  • With closed eyes visualize the smiling faces of audience and they are listening and applauding.

2. Techniques In Advance Of Program

  • Prepare extremely well.
  • Listen to music.
  • Anticipate both, hard as well as easy questions.
  • Get in shape. I know it sounds strange to you but trust me it does help.
  • Learn by heart your opening statement.
  • Get classes for group presentation skills.

3. Techniques Just before the Onset of Program

  • Tricky time is when you begin to start.
  • Stage fear automatically goes as you start.
  • Relax your throat by yawning.
  • Scribble or draw a sketch of something that you wish to own.
  • Gaze at your notes.
  • Interact with people around you.
  • Observe and think of things surrounding you.
  • Get a quick walk.
  • Don’t drink tea, coffee or alcohol.
  • Drink a glass of lukewarm water.
  • Stay focused on your ideas.
  • Concentrate on sitting audience.
  • Go to a mirror to check out your looks.
  • Stay in room for at least an hour before a program commences to check everything thrice. Also, meet and interact with other participants.
  • If your legs tremble, then sit down, lean on a table or shift your legs.
  • Carry notes and hide them around stage-area. It will give you confidence that you’ve a backup in case you get blank during the performance.
  • Breathe deeply, slowly and evenly for several times.
  • Go some private place and warm up your muscles, voice, etc.
  • If you don’t want to eat something, then don’t eat.  Never take tranquilizers or any other drug before the performance.

4. Techniques When the Program Kicks Off

  • Use eye contact to avoid feeling of loneliness.
  • Catch the friendliest faces from the audience.

Stage fear comes and goes or diminishes but it usually doesn’t disappear permanently. Your child needs to concentrate on getting the feelings under control and put them to his advantage.