15 Tips for dealing with Stage Fright

A Free handout for teachers


  1. Make sure you are prepared. The more you practice, the more confident you will feel.
  2. Shake your jitters out – literally! Shake out your arms, hands, legs and feet.
  3. Warm up your voice and body so it is ready to perform.
  4. Slow down your breathing – breathe in through the nose for around 4 seconds, hold for 1-2 seconds, exhale through the mouth 4 seconds.
  5. Lie down, close your eyes and imagine yourself happy and confident performing on stage.
  6. Stretch your arms up and take 3 deep breaths in and out.
  7. Fake it till you make it – try standing in a confident pose. It will remind your brain to relax.
  8. Laugh! Have a good giggle! Laughing releases stress and makes you feel good!
  9. Avoid foods and drinks that are high in sugar or caffeine (i.e Coca Cola) before performing.
  10. Look over the heads of the audience, rather than at their faces.
  11. Speak slowly. When we are nervous we tend to speed up and this makes it harder; so take your time.
  12. Remember that nerves don’t have to be a bad thing. Try turning your nerves into excitement!
  13. Think positive thoughts or say an affirmation. An affirmation is a positive statement that gives you courage.
  14. For examples see 10 Positive Affirmations for Children with Stage Fright.
  15. Don’t get down if you’ve flubbed a line, the Audience doesn’t know the script, so just try to gets things back on track for your fellow performers!
  16. Remember the Audience is there to watch you Succeed! They are on Your Team. They are cheering for YOU!

Article by R.K White, 17th April 2017

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