Before the Event
If you feel anxious or nervous practice this breathing technique to calm yourself. Simply inhale for the count of four, hold your breath for the count of three and exhale for the count of 7. When you repeat this you will find that you are preventing your nervous system from kicking in and releasing adrenaline.
Teach your mind to focus on the best possible outcomes not the worst. It can be easy to fall into the trap of focusing on our mistakes and amplifying them. Why not think about what could go right instead.
Dress the Part
Par of creating confidence is dressing in a manner than helps you to fit the part you want to play. Wear the right clothes, stand up straight and hold your head high.
Don’t Worry About What the Judges are Thinking
We love to think that we can read people’s minds but in fact we can’t. Worrying about what someone else may think will only make you feel nervous. Instead focus on enjoying what you have prepared and living in the moment.
Choose Where you Put Your Focus
When we focus internally on uncomfortable feelings we can increase our nerves. Instead focus on a friendly face and connect with your audience. Think of that person as being on your side not against you. If you can’t find a person to focus on choose an object instead and perform to that instead.
Embrace the Nerves
Remember that everyone is in the same boat as you and feels nervous as well. Try and reframe your anxiety as excitement as the two feeling are very similar. Remember that this feeling of “excitement” can be used to elevate your performance instead of making it flat and boring.
Own Your Mistakes
Even if things don’t go perfectly own your errors instead of freaking out about them. Think of Naomi Campbell falling on the catwalk and getting up laughing. Perfectionism isn’t needed in a job like radio presenting as things will go wrong whilst you are on air. The trick is to deal with these issues when they arise.
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So do you need help to own your confidence and stop anxious feelings? Would you like to embrace opportunities just like I do and speak on the radio, pass an interview or speak in public? All of these skills can be learned with a little help and practice. I run confidence coaching and therapy programs in Nottinghamshire and worldwide online. Just fill out my contact me page or ring me on 01636 650 521 for more details.