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Welcome to a lesson in how to exploit our practical knowledge of working memory in order to help tame the stage fright beast.
The most absolutely worthless and destructive advice regarding anything unpleasant or undesirable is this: “Try not to think about it.”
To a larger extent than we care to admit, we do not have direct control over our thoughts. One thought triggers the next thought, which triggers the next, and so on and so on. One might go so far to say: … Continue reading
Anyone who suffers from stage fright knows that anxiety is not just something you merely think in your brain. Anxiety is something you feel in your body.
One way to tame the stage fright monster is to laugh at it!
Before continuing our exploration of the many cognitive-behavioral antidotes to stage fright, I feel compelled to share my perspective on the use of Beta-Blockers… sometimes considered the “dirty little secret” of professional musicians.
Who would suggest that a mispronounced word or two or occasional hesitation ruins an otherwise articulate and eloquent speech?
Before we get into the many practical cognitive-behavioral antidotes to stage fright, please indulge me as I share one of the best things that has ever happened to me…