Performance anxiety is a common problem that holds a lot of
singers back from achieving the success they deserve. In this
article I share some tips on how to overcome performance
anxiety by planning for success.
For each and every performance you need to make a plan of
action for success. Assuming that you're going to succeed means
that you will. Assuming that you're going to fail will lead to
performance anxiety and an increased likelihood of failure.
Firstly it's important to understand that a certain amount
of excitement before a performance is completely normal so try
not to let a few butterflies in your stomach stress you out too
much. In fact a little nervous excitement can bring a lot of
positive energy to your performance. If however you feel that
your nerves are having a negative effect on your performance
and health, you need to concentrate on devising a game plan and
being as prepared for your performance as possible. Here are 6
tips to help overcome performance anxiety for good.
Make a specific timeline to get yourself ready to
sing at the time of your performance. After developing your
practice routine you'll know how long it takes for your voice
to be ready to sing at your best.
Take time to vocalize or warm up the notes you'll sing
in the performance.
Vocalize long enough for your voice to be singing at
your peak when you walk on stage.
Sing through your song on the performance day enough
that your voice feels confident but not so much that your
voice feels tired.
performance anxiety tip 2:
Another useful tip for overcoming performance
anxiety is toinvite someone who helps
boost your confidence to each performance. Perhaps you know
someone who can encourage you as you walk on stage for the
performance. It's also useful to discuss your performance
anxiety with them as well as your feelings after the show.
You might find that your perception of that awful note isn't
what your friend heard.
Overcome performance anxiety
To overcome performance anxiety, you have to look at each
performance as an opportunity to succeed. You have to expect
success before you can achieve it. Success doesn't just happen,
you have to make it happen.
anxiety tip 4:
Practice what you intend to do. If you plan to take a moment
and take a breath before beginning to sing your song, practice
it that way. Taking that moment to quiet your mind and settle
your racing heart is worth it. By practicing and visualizing
your success, you can more easily make it happen and practice
will go a long way in overcoming your performance anxiety.
anxiety tip 5:
Another good idea is to help you overcome anxiety is to
chart your improvement. By making a list of what you want to
accomplish and by aiming to accomplish one more task on your
list with each performance, you will help take the focus away
from your performance anxiety.
anxiety tip 6:
And now a fairly obvious tip to overcome anxiety to finish
off. Before singing your song in public, try it out in front of
some friends. By trying it out a few times before your big
performance, the song may seem familiar and not so scary.
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