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Module 1: Overcoming of Stage Fright

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Video 1
hello friends i am here once again to discuss the topic stage fear under the subject perspectives on neurolinguistic programming while discussing neurolinguistic programming we have also discussed that anchoring is one of the most important aspects of neurolinguistic programming because anchoring or to cover the stage is a kind of a caliber where we you have to control all your ah nerves your brain your gesture and posture so how to become a very good stage presenter or anchor well that we are going to discussthe topic as i said it is a stage fear so first i will ah ah discuss what do we mean by stage fear what is the ah purpose to discuss of this ah topic now as fright counter or reducing stage fear or stage fright so under this topic we shall cover all such point now i would like to start with this quote performance and inner strength take an activeapproach to the problem of performance anxiety dont let it ruin your life very important quotation or saying that if you have such kind of anxiety if you have such kind of fear dont let it ruin your career your life try to counter that way there is a point you feel fear you feel insecure you feel ah to be very scared if you look into you will be able to overcome of this stage fear so this aspect of a stage fear or anchoring is very important whenever we discuss neurolinguistic programming now what is a stage fear we should know that what do we mean by a stage fear somebody once rightly said the human brain is wonderful organ it begins functioning the moment you are born and does not stop until you are called upon to deliver a speech absolutely correct human brain is perhaps the best computers on this earth and it is our caliber to utilize it maximum with the available resource the most carefully prepared speeches are never heard because of this mind block called stage fear nerves and topophobia this is absolutely correct you prepare yourself you write well you are sure that you will speak the best ever but what happened on this stage suddenly completely blackout completely block why such kind of blackout why such kind of block this is called fear this is called anxiety this is called nervousness this is called topophobia so it is very important how to take this nervous nervousness or stage fear to become a very good speaker or stage performer when you are seated in the audience waiting for your turn to speak you will start thinking i am scared of what might happen my grammar is so bad how can i do justice to such a vast subject in just three minutes or five minutes nervous to look at the size of the audience and this happens not only with the new speaker or the new one but maybe the seasoned one also to see the size of audience heart palpitation that increases that how to control the speech to present in the best manner possible so these are the questions that come to everymind who so ever tries to speak before you go to speak and according to me this is the kind of consciousness over consciousness or i mean maybe the fear of failure they all seem to be so clever means the audience i am making a fool out of myself suppose someone picks an argument with me all these thoughts make you a trifle anxious and this increases your heartbeat you start breathing faster your mouth has dried up your knees go wonky your mind goes blank and you are in the grip of that universal phenomenoncalled stage fear it happens with everyone as i said that i mean everyone may laugh that is why i said that this kind of feeling is due to self obsession my image what happened if i commit any mistake what happened ah if i am unable to deliver a good talk and that brings all these i mean the fast heartbeat mouth dried up the knees wonky and mind goes blank this is stage fear and this is not a verycasual kind of problem it is a very serious problem when you do become the center of attention there is only one thing to do try to exit the situation by leaving your body if you cant get out of the situation by avoiding the event then you try to avoid the sensation felt inside so the various kind of excitement and sensation comes and it is better to you just focus on what you have to deliver and the way to avoid the sensation is to leave your physical body by abandoning your awareness of it if you are extra aware of your physical gesture and posture or your appearance maybe it may cause harm to you and this abandonment of the physical self occurs instantly or unconsciously because whatever the practice you have done at your place but when you are coming on this stage is it is a spontaneous whatever you are doing unconsciously so whenever you are trying to be very conscious the entire presentation will turn into fiasco into nothingness what happens is that your mind withdraws full awareness from a body in an attempt to avoid intense emotions you go into your head energetically your awareness is drawn up into your head so that it becomes over stimulated with energy and sensation your head literally feels like it is swelling from the neck down you tighten the body in order to freeze the flow of feeling if the body gets tense enough it will shake in order to restore a flow of energy through the body and it all happens so quickly that you cant stop it it is as if you are trying to zoom out of the top of your head to get away from the sensation of this stage fright sensation or fear or excitement or anxiety so very important point is that how would you withdraw yourself from the physical appearance the kind of sensation that goes within before going to a stage is very to locate to minimize autoneutralize a stage fear now after that what happens suddenly you are no longer present you no longer have awareness or being in your body your awareness is somewhere else your body is standing there and your mouth may be speaking the words but you are gone you are no longer being there like you are swimming in the water and if you leave your body it starts floatingsimilarly if you are controlling too much your impulses or sensation that may cause hindrances while you try to speak on stage so better you leave so sometime what happen that you are not at all aware of the physical presence but the words will come out automaticallyfrom the mouth this can also be one of the way to neutralize the effect of anxiety when you go to the stage auto neutralize the stage fear in but in becoming unpleasant suppose i mean physically you feel that you are not there but your words are coming out so what happened in becoming unpresent you choose not to be there the mental part of your awareness withdraws from the physical and emotional parts because you cannot stand to experience the fear discomfort and shame felt in your body your mind perceivesthe situation as dire threat to your very survival sometime it becomes the question of survival when you are on this stage do or die whether to speak or to run away so how to face it because there is a struggle between your mind and your body basically stage fear is it it is a cognitive aspect because the mind controls everything your nervousness or anxiety so as to effect on your physical gesture and posture now this is splitting off your mind from body and emotions leaves you feeling disoriented and this integrated your head may feel swollen and fuzzy so filled with buzzing energy that you cannot think clearly your body loses a strength and stability since your muscles are not relaxed your body begins to shake and tremble in an attempt to get energy flowing now i am sure you can describe many more symptoms that are there because it depends on the individual it varies from one individual to other individualincluding sweaty palms fat tongue neck and face flushing heart pounding loss of breath and high squeaky voice it depends on the person how he or she is feeling while delivering a lecture and how there is integrity between the mind and the body in a particular person there is no way to do a great presentation or performanceor to communicate effectively in this un present and this integrated state to regain your potential you must begin to reintegrate the different aspects of yourself amid the intensity of being the center of attention you must learn to stay present so that you have your whole self with all your parts working together when you present performor communicate in front of others this is the task and though it seems daunting it is not as difficult as it is expected now here comes the power of neurolinguistic programming that is the controlling the nerves the nerves the language and programming that is integrate integrity of the mind and the body and the whole emotions because you cannot behave like this that you leave the body and through mind you are speaking you have to control the emotions and then mind and then you need to deliver the lecture so you have to take care of this part very clearly and cleverly so um for nearly everyperformer a stage fright is a very common state of mind i mean it it may be for me also maybe sometimes i feel very insecure that i may not deliver the best of mine so it is not something unique it happens with everyone maybe intensity varies intensity for fear varies so a sudden anxiety for either hurrying the performance or not performing at all are rather mild symptoms of the dreaded stage fright many people in the theatrical field have to deal with stage fright at some part of their careers though only a handful know how to a stage fright is mainly the fear of acting singing or any other performance in front of an audience because the presence of audience is supposed to create fear or kind of anxiety all people are creating are are creative performers everyone has creativity quality everyone is a performer the degree to which they are able to realizetheir creative potential is primarily dependent on the nature of their own state of mind even though they there are many different types of symptoms for the stage fright the most common symptoms of stage fright is the nervousness and sweating i mean this is themost common though heart palpitation i mean increasing and sweating mouth dried up this is also there that is why i said that stage fear is there in all creative person but then the intensity may varies a person who is creative a person who wants to do the best we will have such kind of anxiety but if it goes i mean to the higher degree then it may create failure as well that is why it is very important to discuss what is a stage fear and how to counter stage fear and what are the symptoms of stage fear now the performers adrenaline rushes and his or her heart begins to beat faster as theperformance time nears it it even the interview even any kind of performance i mean you will feel the increase palpitation of the heart the performers body begins to sweat suddenly because of these sudden changes to try to keep calm so it is a kind of struggle between your emotion sensation excitement and the nervous systemthe palms underarms feet forehead and back are most effected areas of the nervous sweat after the nervous sweat it ah is nausea and uncontrollable shaking well this is the height of fear it may not appear in all the person who have this stage fear the nausea is caused from the over rush of adrenaline and makes the stomach irritated slight spasm of regurgitation may occur from the nausea as well as over salivation ah fainting and blacking out is symptom for those who have severe stage fright that is why i am saying that the degree or the variations is there always whenever we talk of stage fright once again the rush of adrenaline causes the performer to black out or faint and this is a very serious condition to some extent fear is understood but to such extent where you can faint and complete blackout is a kind of disease and you have to take care of that so overcoming a stage fright is a very hard process for performers since stage fright can come very harsh some now actors and musician should first breathe deeply and run through the parts since this is a good way to stay calm and keep the mind off of the upcoming performance a smiling thinking of the best possible outcome is another good way of keeping the mind of the pressure of failure it is always advisable that whenever you have such kind of trauma such kind of anxiety better you think something else and you think of the moment when you can speak or deliver the best out of you have prepared.
Video 2
Now a very pertinent question how to be an effective performer does it mean that you study day and night and you just grab the all these sentences and practice and practice and practice or burning the candle the whole night or the black circle around your eyes how to be an effective performer that is a very pertinent question that do you think that doing all these you can be an effective performer or what is the way to be an effective performer and then the other there question that where are you can you speak even two minutes can you speak even one minutes can you go for extempore and in in front of a very small audience so before making out such problemit is very important to judge yourself that where are you you are a bold presenter or you are extrovert or your introvert or you have be caliber to face the audience so this is a very pertinent question where are you will start with your friend you start with your family members and there you can assess yourself and your quality now what is a stage fright in another way and the term stage fright has been defined in various ways several definitions are there now the definitions show that stage fright is state of being especially directed towards the future when a person is obsessed for future especially for image what will happen that makes the present also hell and naturally when the future become the present that is also going to be hell at the core definition of the problem is a feeling developed due to the lack of control about future events which are important to the person and this is all the game of nervous system how much you have control on the nervous system that is very important point you first take care of what is in front of you that is a present instead you are thinking of future unnecessarily the thought of feeling is very threatening to the self image of the individual between the threats of possible dangers and the experienced fear there is the following interchange and let us see what are the interchanges thoseperceiving the most threat are likely to experience the greatest anxiety and those who are most answers are more likely to perceive performance conditions as more threateningn now very important to highlight those perceiving most threat are likely to experience the greatest anxiety anxiety is a kind of nature you are anxious you dont know for the reason and then the other perspect that most anxious are more likely to perceive performance condition the conditions the surrounding in situations like this people respond with the so called fight or flight response the physiological system makes us ready to fight or run away although a performance on stage does not present an immediate physical threat the chance of failure can be so intimidating for the self image of the performer that it brings about similar reactions as a life threatening situation therefore a stage fright is especially an imagined fear very correct because we are conscious for the future and it is an imagined future what will happen that is why i posed the question where are you do you have extra anxiety or you think more of future then are present so a stage fear is an imagined fear that makes you terrible all the time now a stage fright consists of the following component physiological component because we were talking about the mind and the body the emotion and the nervous system so physiological component changes in our nervous system and the hormonal system which amongst other things might led to an increased heart rate or pulse dry mouth sweat sweaty or trembling hands nausea shortness of breath and blurry eyesight this is also the height of nervousness thisis the physical component means appearing very uncomfortable uneasy and the body symptom shows that you are not in the right state of mind because your nervous system is going to collapse then the physical excitement is a natural response to the situation and isrelated to the flight or fight response with which people have reacted to frightening situation as of old so the two ah strength or the two energy struggle together to overcome this kind of fright or fear now cognitive component as we already discuss that stage fear is cognitive because whatever we speak it is i mean the controllingpower is there in your mind so having trouble concentrating experiencing a blackout a heightened awareness that is to say being too focused on oneself and not enough on the task being too focused on how other perceive him or her negative thoughts about own abilities and the performance and a distorted perception wrong nodes are experienced as more disastrous than they really are to others that is listeners yes it is a cognitive component that is preoccupied notions you are going to this stage and your least bothered of your subject matter then you are looking at the audience and you feel in yourself developing the negative thought that the look of the audience is very sarcastic that they are not happy with you that your performance is not good and you are goingto lose your image this is all cognitive component that you are developing yourself and if you have this tendency to to nurture negative thought more and more even god cant save you and that will certainly lead you towards failure and failure and failurenow an affective component experiencing fear panic insecurity feelings of inferiority as i was telling you that the cognitive and the physiological component so if you are experiencing all such fear panic insecurity it is going to affect the entire psychology and psychic you are a good speaker you are an intelligent person you have prepared well but if as isaid you support and you nurture the negative aspect more than whatever you have with you your caliber naturally it is going to affect you it is going to ruin you it is going toforce you to lose your caliber to be a good speaker now a behavioral component more trouble with moving naturally more mistakes less expressive playing or to exaggerated more irregularities it is very important that before you go to stage or you are doing anchor you go for practice because if you think that if you walk fromhere to there i mean maybe not comfortable not good for the audience you are creating more mistakes and you are not at all elaborating the point and causing irregularities these are the behavioral component when we talk of stage fear and the effect of the negative thought more general behavior changes such as avoidance irritation use of medication these are all behavioral component now these components influence each other mutually like the behavioral physiological and cognitive you cannot say that the mind and body two different things and so is behavior so how to make synthesis or synchronizing all the components mutually very important negative thoughts that is cognitive you are developing the negative thoughts about the audience about yourself about the environment the surrounding about the performance led to heightened physical symptoms which increase the chance of making more mistakes yes the moment you think that everything is wrong around you you will start committing mistakes and once you start committing mistakes or unable to control then you can think of yourself as a result an impaired self image that is emotion which causes negative thoughts and physical reactions to be stronger during a next performance so it is better always to think of what happened when you are delivering a talk so that you can prepare well to you for your next performance that can be taken as exercise now the cognitive component as is shown by research is the mostimportant factor in maintaining and increasing stage frightaccording to the catastrophic theory cognitive fear accompanied by physical tension leads to intensification of the stress reaction with as a consequence a drastic drop in performance level yes i mean this is the research that if you are increasing the stage fright naturally the there will be a drop in your performance level that is decreasing the performance level now people who suffer from performance anxiety suffer especially from the fear of being observed and criticized it occurs in people who want to impress others in a certain situation but who lack the belief in their own capacities that allow them to meet these expectations very true that the people who suffers from performance anxiety suffer especially the fear of being observing criticized and this is called that your imagined fear that you are self obsessed you are very much conscious of the fact that your image may not spoil instead you are thinking of the delivering your lecture well in front of the audience so the evolutionary of advantage of performance anxiety in a mild form lies in the fact that in order to impress others fear stimulates the individual to prepare well which increases the chance of a good result and therefore appreciation acceptance by others here this is a very good idea i mean that is why i was saying that some kind of fear some kind of anxiety is understood because you are conscious to deliver the best and you are waiting for the hour it should not reach up to the height to nurture the negative thought and everything so in the first case the pressure is greater because the individual is completely responsible for the achievement yes i mean a good deliver of talk is a kind of achievement so to achieve the target or being a good presenter is avery important point and for that how to how to control the nervous system is very important now what causes the stage fright my dear students i will discuss what causes stage fright in the next lecture till then thank you