Fear is quite natural. It is a biological way for our bodies to tell us that something is not right. Almost all of us have fear of something or other in life. The irony is that humans are actually born with only two fears – the fear of falling and the fear of sudden sounds. So, where did all the other fears come from? All these fears have been the product of some prior experience, people’s feedback, or our imagination. After the two natural fears, the single most common fear across the entire globe is: stage fright!
Let me share a story of the American comedian, actor, writer, and producer Jerry Seinfeld. He has been part of many Hollywood movies, comic shows, and blockbuster TV shows. Along with his fellow comedian Larry David, Jerry developed the sitcom Seinfeld for NBC. The show ran for 9 seasons and was the highest-rated show in the United States.
You certainly need to be the master of the stage to become even 10% of what Jerry is. The hilarious part is when for the very first time Jerry Seinfeld got on stage, he FROZE! He couldn’t move or utter even a single word for good 40-60 seconds. That is quite a lot of time for any speaker to get freeze up. He was booed off the stage. This is the nightmare that every speaker wants to avoid in life. Well, the good news is that this fear can be tamed with a strong desire to control it coupled with some action points.
Hope you put on an awesome show next time. Good Luck!