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Anchor Tips: How to Calm Your Nerves On-Stage

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Anchor Tips: How to Calm Your Nerves On-Stage
Stage anchoring is a tough job. Many people assume it to be one of the easiest going, but in reality, it is not. First, let's be clear about what precisely stage anchoring is: "anchor" is a term usually used to describe a stimulus that creates a particular and predictable acknowledgment There for, a stage anchor is setting and utilizing an anchor (frequently referred to as "firing an anchor") when on stage speaking or performing.
 
We will go through some pointers that will help you perform on-stage better:

Set the Mood

An essential step is to configure the mood of the audience. This could be curious, happy or sad; it is your choice, as long as you believe will be useful or beneficial at that moment of speech

What are your main fears?

Fear #1: My mind will go empty
Fear #2: People will think I’m stupid
Fear #3: I’ll be so nervous; I’ll start to shake, stutter, stammer, or otherwise be incomprehensible.
Fear #4: I’ll make mistakes
Fear #5: Instead of applauding, the audience will respond with anger or ridicule.
 
As you can see in the list of concerns, there are two primary levels of fears. One is ‘presentation failure’ – which includes physical or mental problems that mar the presentation. And the other is ‘response failure’ – which is getting the wrong kind of response from your audience.

Practice your speech with a simulated audience

Set out a row of chairs in front of you and borrow teddy bears and dolls, if you can. Otherwise, you can also put cushions on the seats to simulate the audience.  Practice walking onto the ‘stage’ and face your ‘audience’. After that, practice your speech with a confident friend or a family member. Once you get over that, invite a group of friends over and make them listen. Remember to wear the same set of clothes that you are planning to wear for the occasion.

Butterflies in yours stomach? Make them fly in formation

Getting up on stage makes most of us nervous. Remember, it is perfectly fine to feel scared. But, the actual gameplay of anchoring is to fight that fear. Calm yourself down. Instead of telling yourself how nervous you say to yourself, ‘I’m gearing up for the presentation.’

Smile and Focus while on-stage

The smile helps you to quiet down, and it makes it simple for the audience to connect with you. It’s important to structure your presentation in such a way that it captivates your audience’s concentration, as well as allow you to calm down. The most significant thing is to get involved in your presentation, and not to get hooked up in thoughts about how you are doing. If you notice a lot of thoughts, return to the immediate moment by seeing your sensory experiences. For example, see your feet touching the ground. Remember to speak a little more slowly than usual and draw a deep breath in between sentences.