• Sonja Nannan

Afraid of public speaking? Here's why.

Updated: Feb 14


“Stage fright is my worst problem.

A voice is very intimate.

It’s something of your own.

So there’s always this fear, because you feel naked. There’s a fear of not reaching up to expectations.” - Andrea Bocelli


If you were thinking that you were the only one with this “issue” - that’s not the case!

There are plenty of stars who are afraid, as this quote by famous singer Andrea Bocelli is proof. Some throw up before shows or even turn to drugs to deal with their fear - and yet they make a living from being on stage.


Being the center of attention can trigger your fear of failing, of making a fool of yourself, of showing your less-than-perfect self. There are many reasons we might be afraid to show ourselves to an audience, whether that is made up of 5 or 500 people.


Your body responds the same way as it would in any great danger: with the fight-or-flight response. Your body pumps adrenaline through your veins in order to have maximum strength were you to fight a tiger or a lion or flee from it. Luckily it is very rare that stepping in front of your colleagues to talk about your latest project is actually a life threatening situation.


Yes, they won’t actually eat you!



Yet somehow, your body sees no difference between your boss or a lion.

When we are anxious about speaking or singing in front of an audience, our body will respond accordingly: we are short of breath, our voice sounds hoarse, our throat is dry.

Knowing that this affects almost every one can relieve some pressure and help you accept that this is a natural reaction.


See? You are completely normal!


If you would like to learn more fascinating facts about how normal you are - how you can train your voice and get tips and tricks about stage fright, just hop on my newsletter list. You will receive updates on how you can grow your confidence when it comes to being on stage.

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