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What Surprising Secret Do Katy Perry, Niall Horan, and Harrison Ford Have in Common?

Do you dread getting up in front of others? Unfortunately, performance anxiety can exact a huge toll on self-confidence and self-esteem. If you have stage fright, you’re in good company. Some of the most popular performers also suffer from anxiety on stage. Here are 8 celebrities who have overcome their nerves. 

By
Lisa B. Marshall
May 2, 2014
Episode #249

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More importantly, there are things you can do on your own to reduce stage fright.  Accepting yourself, being comfortable in your own skin, and not feeling like you have to prove yourself to others is a good first step toward overcoming performance anxiety.  Remind yourself that nobody is perfect, nobody expects you to be perfect, and it's OK to make mistakes.  I know...easier said than done! 

In previous episodes I’ve given many tips for reducing speaker anxiety. Be sure to check out the episodes Does Public Speaking Make You Nervous? and Does Public Speaking Make You Nervous? (Part 2).

I also recently interviewed author Matt Abrahams about his book, Speaking Up Without Freaking Out: 50 Techniques for Confident, Calm, and Competent Presenting. In that Smart Talk podcast we discuss reliable ways to manage speaker’s anxiety. I recommend you try out several techniques at the same time, often it's a combination of techniques that helps the most.  

If you are still suffering, I encourage you to seek the help of a professional. And check out the Savvy Psychologist's tips for better mental health. Her specialty is anxiety disorders, so she's sure to have some great advice on overcoming your fears.

Don’t let performance anxiety negatively impact your career or your life. 

This is Lisa B. Marshall, Helping you maximize sales, manage perceptions, and enhance leadership through keynotes, workshops, books, and online courses. Passionate about communication; your success is my business.

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Resources

http://www.pressparty.com/pg/newsdesk/londonnewsdesk/view/14784/

http://www.entertainmentwise.com/news/111087/Niall-Horans-Not-Alone-Stars-With-Stage-Fright-Adele-George-Michael-And-More

http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/music/2013/02/15/oscars_2013_adele_not_the_first_celebrity_to_battle_stage_fright.html

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/01/what-hugh-grant-gandhi-and-thomas-jefferson-have-common/355853/

Katy Perry image courtesy of Debby Wong/Shutterstock.com. Harrison Ford image courtesy of Helga Esteb/Shutterstock.com. Barbra Streisand image courtesy of Featureflash/Shutterstock.com. Stage fright courtesy of Shutterstock.

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